Barcelona face their everlasting foes Real Madrid within the first Clasico of 2023 on Sunday evening.
The Supercopa de Espana is probably not essentially the most prestigious prize on supply for Barcelona this season. But Sunday’s last provides Xavi Hernandez the primary likelihood to carry a chunk of silverware as supervisor of his boyhood membership.
Here’s the XI Xavi could deploy to win his first trophy with Barcelona because the 2015 Champions League last.
GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – In La Liga, Ter Stegen is delivery one purpose each 4 hours. Outside of league competitors, opponents are discovering the web each 48 minutes towards the German.
RB: Sergi Roberto – As a Barcelona academy product, Clasico video games imply that little bit extra to Roberto and his fellow Masia graduates.
CB: Jules Kounde – Across six conferences with Real Madrid for Sevilla and Barcelona, Kounde has misplaced 5 matches (D1).
CB: Ronald Araujo – The towering header which Araujo planted previous Thibaut Courtois in Barcelona’s emphatic 4-0 victory on the Santiago Bernabeu final season was the end result of a fastidiously choreographed set-piece. Madrid should be cautious of one other repeat routine.
LB: Jordi Alba – One of Alba’s secrets and techniques to success is a wholesome and heavy sleeping routine. The left-back is out for the depend “for 12 to 13 hours at evening. Then I nap for 2, three or 4 hours extra.”
CM: Gavi – A uncommon patch of sunshine in a bleak Clasico defeat earlier this season, Gavi was solely on the pitch for half an hour however managed to make extra fouls than some other participant on both crew (4).
CM: Frenkie de Jong – The Dutchman is effectively conscious of his strengths. “My high quality is my instinct,” he as soon as stated. “I can not ignore that. Because then I’d be a participant of which there are hundreds strolling across the fields.”
CM: Pedri – Last yr, Pedri admitted that he would have accepted Madrid’s supply had Los Blancos been impressed along with his trial as a youngster regardless of rising up as a Barcelona fan.
RW: Ousmane Dembele – Real Madrid are the one opponent Dembele has confronted greater than 5 instances and nonetheless failed to attain towards (ten goalless outings).
ST: Robert Lewandowski – It might be a while earlier than these in Madrid overlook the night in April 2013 when Lewandowski rattled 4 targets previous Los Blancos for Borussia Dortmund. Barcelona, you believe you studied, would accept one from the Pole this weekend.
LW: Ansu Fati – Despite two targets within the Clasico, Fati is but to function in a victory towards Real Madrid.