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Dembélé points to ownership against Betis

Throughout this week without a party in between, Xavi He has been working with the squad, especially defensive and kick-off aspects. He is not concerned with the pressure or the offensive application because chances are being generated. In his first three games as coach of the Barça He has lined up three different backs. In the derby, using a 4-3-3, he resorted to Mingueza as a right back. Days later, in the Champions League against Benfica, he played with three center-backs, Araujo, Piqué and Lenglet. And last day against Villarreal he returned to the usual tactical drawing, placing Eric garcia in the band to stop Moi Gomez.

Today, with Betis in front and playing at home, Xavi will continue with the 4-3-3, although betting on a natural right back as Dest, who has been in a strange ostracism in recent weeks, perhaps forced by his lumbar problems, returning the youth squad to his position in the defensive axis. Mingueza is the other card he could play.

The center of the field will not suffer alterations, with the indispensable Busquets in the pivot, Nico as left inside and Frenkie de Jong on the right, which gave such a good result in La Cerámica. It is unlikely that you will rotate by entering Riqui Puig, although Nico He has already accumulated nine consecutive games as a starter, sometimes showing signs of fatigue.

The most striking novelties will be on the attack. Xavi has Dembélé as one of the pillars to re-float the Barça ship and after a couple of games in which he has been a substitute playing 24 minutes, the French forward could start, although entering from the right, which would lead to Gavi to occupy the left wing as he has done on other occasions. The technician insists on the need to give breadth and depth to the extremes. The youth squad is so far the wild card of Xavi. It has occupied the two interiors and also the two bands.

When it comes to ‘endings’, Xavi He will continue to bet on the base for the entire season with some tweaks, although a hellish December awaits him with five official games, four in the League and a decisive one in the Champions League, and a more friendly one: Betis (December 2); Bayern (8), Osasuna (12) Boca Juniors (14), Elche (18) and Sevilla (twenty-one)

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