Atlético’s puncture against Levante makes Barcelona need the three points to distance themselves from what is now their biggest competitor for fourth place. This would be Xavi’s XI.
The German goalkeeper is immovable at Can Barça. Ter Stegen is a guarantee under the three sticks. He little by little he is returning to the best level of him.
Mingueza will occupy the right side as he did against Napoli. The loss of Dani Alves means that the youth squad has to occupy the right side despite not being to Xavi’s liking.
The central defender is a culé at heart and the voice of the experience of this very young Barcelona. Piqué is a leader on and off the pitch. Against Valencia he will start.
The charrúa has earned the position since Eric García’s performances are leaving much to be desired. The 22-year-old footballer provides mobility and solidity to the culé defense that today seems to be more settled than ever.
His ownership is a no-brainer. He plays against his former team and with Xavi he has once again shown his best level. Barcelona’s left lane is named after him.
The captain has to be in a match of this caliber. He missed the game against Napoli as a starter but against Valencia and at Mestalla he will start from the start.
Despite the rain of criticism that Frenkie is falling, he is not losing face to Barcelona. Luck is not on his side but with work and sacrifice the results always come.
Pedri is the quintessential player of this game model. Against Napoli he gave an authentic recital of how football is played. Against Valencia his ownership is more than clear.
Gavi will have a place in midfield to remove a striker. His performance is always 10. He doesn’t have a bad game, his attitude and his commitment are always at the service of the group.
He enjoyed multiple occasions against Napoli and could only drill the rival goal from the penalty spot but the entire Camp Nou is with him. The game ended in tears. The fans are delighted with him.
This being the sensation of the new signings. He is an unstoppable one-on-one player and is contributing in all the games with Barcelona. He is becoming a fixture for Xavi.
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