Xavi imposes a new order in the Barça squad

Three official matches against him Spanish, the Benfica and the Villarreal they have been enough for Xavi Hernandez to establish a new order in the template. While waiting to recover the five players who are still in the infirmary, the Barça coach already has a block of players who are starters and another who has entered at least one occasion and a third in which they are not entering and not even just counting. In fact, Luuk de Jong, Umtiti and Bucket they are the only ones who have not premiered with Xavi. In the case of the left back, he returned to play with B as a substitute. The departure of the first two seems irremediable

1. The headlines

For the starting eleven, Xavi continues to have practically the same players as Koeman, with the exception that he has recovered the injured Araujo. The rest form the same structure of veterans with the inclusion of young people Nico and Gavi who have been in the starting eleven for 6 consecutive games.


Espanyol Benfica Villarreal

Alba 90 ’90’ 71 ‘

Araujo 2 ’86’ 90 ‘

Busquets 78 ’90’ 90 ‘

De Jong 90 ’90’ 90 ‘

Eric 90 ‘4’ 90 ‘

Gavi 70 ’90’ 90 ‘

Memphis 90 ’90’ 90 ‘

Nico 90 ’90’ 90 ‘

I hammered 90 ’90’ 90 ‘

Ter Stegen 90 ’90’ 90 ‘

2. Between substitutes and holders

Xavi has alternated this list of holders with others who have entered at least one occasion, such as Demir, Lenglet or Mingueza. The Austrian is a club bet that Koeman used at the beginning, the French stopped participating as a central defender and Mingueza has passed in front of Dest. They are also Dembélé who comes out of an injury and who is playing little by little and Coutinho, a strange case with intermittent appearances. One day 20 minutes and another 10. And there is the case of Ilias and Abde. The need to find ends while waiting for the first team players has led Xavi to make Ilias and Abde play


Espanyol Benfica Villarreal

Dembélé Injured 24 ’24’

Yusuf Demir 2 ’66’ Bench

Lenglet 2 ’86’ Bench

Mingueza 88 ‘Bench 19’

Coutinho 20 ‘Bench 10’

3. Those who do not count for now

And then there is the group of players who, apparently, are not counting for Xavi, some of them in a surprising way, as is the case of Dest, who has only appeared 4 minutes in the team and has stopped being a starter when before He was untouchable, and even Riqui Puig, who after playing 12 minutes against Espanyol has been a substitute against Benfica and Villarreal. Nothing is known about Luuk de Jong, as about Umtiti, who could be sought out in the winter market.


Espanyol Benfica Villarreal

Bucket Bench Bench Not called

Dest Injured 4 ‘Bench

Luuk de Jong Bench Bench Bench

Riqui Puig 12 ‘Bench Bench

Umtiti Bench Bench Bench

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