Barcelona are currently still a wounded animal as the Catalan giants are struggling with their form.
Their last game saw them take only one point away from Slavia Prague in a match that ended up as a goalless draw at the Camp Nou. A couple of days before that, Levante had taken all the spoils of war in a La Liga clash Ernesto Valverde will soon want to forget.
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Seeing how there are simply no margins for error left for the Blaugrana, a strong performance is expected this weekend against Celta Vigo, a team currently with problems of their own, seeing how they’re sitting in 18th place and battling to stay afloat.
And it would also not be a stretch to say Valverde might want to deploy his strongest line-up in order to get back to winning ways.
With that in mind, here’s what we think his gala XI should look like come Saturday night:
Marc-Andre ter Stegen is a constant that rarely changes for the Catalans.
The German goalie has proven time and time again how vital he is for this squad and dropping him seems almost as unlikely as it would be for Valverde to drop Lionel Messi.
The backline will have to be changed slightly. Jordi Alba is currently out injured and for that reason, despite some questionable management by the coach, Junior Firpo should finally be getting his ticket back into the squad.
Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet should complete the centre-back pairing and the defensive line of Barcelona should be finalised with Nelson Semedo at the right-back position.
Arthur Melo was rested mid-week and we could very well see his return to the line-up this weekend. The young Brazilian midfielder has been one of the stand-out performers throughout the 2019/20 and his omission from the team-sheet would really be a big surprise if he is fit and ready to go.
The same can be said for Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets as they should accompany Arthur and form the midfield trident for the Catalans.
Up front, the team is still without Luis Suarez but in his stead, Valverde should be looking to deploy a trio of Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and, of course, Messi, just as he did in the previous clash.
This starting XI would only see two changes from the one that faced Slavia Prague on Tuesday so we should not expect any major tweaks from the Basque coach.
Let’s see what he ends up doing on Saturday night.