What will luis Enrique's starting barcelona xi look like? How Barcelona could line up at Camp nou amid injury crisis
|How Barcelona could line up at Camp nou amid injury crisis|
Barcelona's 10th Primera liga game of the season sees them host Granada at camp nou on Saturday, with the Blaugrana looking to keep up the quest for third consecutive La Liga title. Have you ever wondered how injury plagued Barcelona team could look like . Look no further.....
After a shock loss against fierce rivals Espanyol in the Supercopa de Catalunya this past midweek, Barcelona will look to clear any doubts of the team’s potential when they face Granada at Camp Nou. They are looking for an easy win hoping to hop over Real Madrid (provided results go their way) to the La Liga summit with just two points separating the two.
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The increasing injury list is of the biggest concern for Luis Enrique as they are currently without 7 first team players owing to injuries and suspensions for the upcoming match. With many players quite uncertain for the game, it will need major makeshift for Enrique in the squad. via the4thofficial.net
As it stands, the number of casualties on the sidelines are plying up at the moment, specially in defence. The recent to drop is Jeremy Mathieu , who picked up a calf problem in the Catalan Super Cup defeat to Espanyol. The French centre-back joins Jasper Cillessen, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta on the sidelines.To add salt to injury, Arda Turan also ended Tuesday’s game against Espanyol with a knock.This leaves Luis Enrique with little or no space to rotate his squad when Granada come knocking on Sunday.
At this moment, Granada are lying at the bottom of la liga table with 0 wins in the opening 9 game of the season .They have drawn 3 games and remains the only team in the leaque yet to win a match as we speak whilst Barcelona have won 6 of their opening 9 game of the season and are currently in the 3rd position with 19 points. They are only 2 points behind league leaders, Real Madrid. Granada have never won away from home against Barcelona in the top flight and in their last 4 meetings, Barcelona have managed to keep a clean sheet at home.
The host have averaged more than three goals per game at the Camp Nou this season, whilst Granada have shipped an astonishing 17 goals in their four away matches so far.
A calm and assured victory is precisely what Barcelona need, and it's almost certainly what they will get.
Am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that irrespective of Barca's injury crisis and barca's propensity to concede from set pieces, they have what it takes in their arsenal to dismantle rock-bottom Granada defence line. Don't be suprised to see one of the MSN attacking trio or other record a huge number of chances against Granada.
Barcelona likely XI (4-3-3):
Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto,
Lucas Digne, Javier Mascherano, Samuel
Umtiti; Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets,
Andre Gomes; Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis