Barcelona take on Sevilla next, and there is no scope for the Catalans to slip up as Real Madrid are breathing on their shoulder. The number of games that these teams are playing during such a short period is insane, thus ensuring rotation mandatory. However, the manager would feel that he needs to field his strongest eleven against Sevilla, who are right now placed third in the league. Here we take a look at the lineup that Setién may field against their old rivals when they meet.
Predicted Barcelona lineup against Sevilla
Ter Stegen would take the field once again as there can be no reason to give the German a rest. Neto will find a place on the bench as the Brazilian will have to wait for an opportunity to feature in the side.
Although Semedo can be a strong contender for the right-back spot, our money is on Roberto for this encounter, considering the importance of the match. However, the Portuguese is an astute defender and should do a good job if called upon to do so.
At the centre of the defence, Pique and Lenglet are the preferred options for the manager as we have seen time and again. At the left-back, again the choice is between Alba and Firpo, but the youngster should just edge out Alba, considering the lung-bursting runs that he can make from the flanks.
Melo has to be given a start here considering the lacklustre performance of Vidal. The other two in the midfield should be De Jong and Busquets. The Dutch player should again get the opportunity to show his mettle in this encounter.
This would be the tricky part as the gaffer may have to make some firm decision in this department. Griezmann’s performance has been nothing to talk about, making us wonder whether he still has a future left at the Catalan club.
The benching of the French star might force the manager to play a combination of Messi, Suarez and Braithwaite. Ansu Fati would have been an alternative, but playing the teenager too much might hurt his development as it would take a toll on him physically. Amid this uncertainty, Braithwaite could take advantage of the situation and make a mark for himself.