The FC Barcelona visits in this second day one of the most complicated fields of LaLiga, San Mamés. The Catalans will look for three new points against an Athletic that in recent years has watered down the party on more than one occasion.
Koeman has once again left Miralem Pjanic, Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti off the list, and has not recovered any injured, so he will probably repeat the same eleven as against Real Sociedad.
In principle, Ter Stegen will not reappear until matchday 4, after the selection break in September, so Neto will once again be the starter under the sticks.
Sergiño Dest is the owner of the right back at Barcelona and there is no one to move him from there. He also has no competition and also his performances last season were good and he has a wide projection to continue improving.
From the first day, Eric García has crept into the starting eleven. He is a center-back who knows how to get the ball well played from behind and in the first game he got on well with Piqué, and, although he was not in great trouble, he did not make any mistakes.
Along with Eric García will be the leader of the rear. Gerard Piqué is going to be a key player throughout the season and Barcelona will need his best version. So far it has started on the right foot.
Jordi Alba completes the defense, another who has no competence in his position. The left-handed winger had to find a new partner after Messi left and in the first game his connection with Depay worked and he promises to give Barcelona fans more than one joy.
The ownership of Busquets is non-negotiable. There is no one in the entire squad who can occupy his position or perform at the level that he does. His work will be essential to contain the rojiblancos attacks.
The Dutchman is another fixture in Koeman’s eleven. Against Real he was the best in the center of the field and wants to repeat his performance. De Jong has taken the reins of this Barça and the team’s game goes through his boots.
The third fixed piece from the center of the field is Pedri. The canary for the moment runs out of vacations and will return from the beginning. You already know what it is to score a goal against Athletic in San Mamés.
Depay was together with Braithwaite the best of the first game, he had already been leaving good feelings during the season but in his official debut he could not do better. Barcelona will once again need his self-confidence and skills to destroy Athletic’s defense.
This has to be Griezmann’s year. Without Messi, the Frenchman has more freedom and in the first game he looked better. Will it be a coincidence or will Griezmann really show his best version of this course?
Complete the eleven Braithwaite. The Dane was the unexpected hero of the first game and if Barça had the intention of transferring him, he showed in the 90 minutes on the pitch that he has reasons to stay.