Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Expected FC Barcelona Lineup against Sevilla. FC Barcelona is preparing to face Sevilla in the semi-final of the CDR. This is a very hyped and anticipated fixture and also a must-win for FC Barcelona. Ronald Koemann must have his tactics on point f he wants his team to make it to the finals.
One part of correct tactical planning is going into this game with the correct starting lineup. The official lineups are going to come around 1 hour before the kickoff. However, here is our take on what the starting FC Barcelona can be.
EXPECTED FC BARCELONA LINEUP AGAINST SEVILLA
Marc Andre Ter Stegen is a must starter for this game. He is one of the most obvious players to make it to the starting lineup. Ter Stegen kept a clean sheet against a clean sheet against Sevilla the previous weekend. The German International goalkeeper is going to try and do the same in this game as well. However, that does not only depend upon him. He is going to need proper support from his defenders as well.
We are still not sure whether Ronald Koemann is going to go with 3 defenders or standard 4 at the back. We expect Koemann to opt for a 4 men defense lineup because FC Barcelona really cannot afford to go down first against Sevilla in this game. Therefore, it is likely that Ronald Koemann starts with 4 defenders.
Gerrard Pique is most likely to be there as the Center Back. He has been performing very well after his return. FC Barcelona is going to need Pique’s expertise in order to get through this encounter. He is very well likely to be accompanied by Clement Lenglet. The Pique-Lenglet duo can have a serious impact if they get going. Sevilla is going to have a hard time getting past both of these players if they are in the right zone.
Oscar Mingueza is the most likely option to start as the Right Back. Oscar will have to be very cautious and must look forward to putting in a solid performance because this is a must-win encounter for his team. Jordi Alba is going to offer his services at the Left Back. He has been in fine form and needs to carry a similar form against Sevilla to help his team to win the game.
If Koemann goes with 4 at the back, then he is going to operate with 4 midfielders. However, in case he goes with 3 men, then the midfield is going to comprise 5 players. If Pique, Lenglet, and Mngueza are the only three players playing at the back, then Jordi Alba and Sergino Dest are likely to play as the wing-backs. This is going to increase FC Barcelona’s chances of dominating the game more and maintaining possession.
Sergio Busquests and Fenkie De Jong are going to be the main pivot in the FC Barcelona midfield. Frenkie De Jong is in the form of his life. He is dropping world-class performances week in and week out and he needs to do the same against Sevilla as well.
Pedri is likely to be a part of the starting lineup as well if Ronald Koemann goes with a 5 men midfield. Pedri was supposedly out for 2 weeks, but he surprised everyone by returning to training within 48 hours. He is likely to feature in the game as well either as a starter or either on the bench.
FC Barcelona’s attack was on point when they previously faced Sevilla at the weekend. Although the team missed many chances, the attack was still very effective. Ousmane Dembele had a very good game. Therefore, he is very likely to feature in the starting lineup. Lionel Messi is going to be there as well. Lionel has a history of troubling Sevilla. Therefore, he has to bring his A-game once again today.
We all know that if Messi gets going then there is no chance of Sevilla winning this game. Antoine Griezmann is likely to feature in this game as well besides Ousmane Dembele and Messi. However, FC Barcelona is going to operate with only two attackers upfront in case Ronald Koemann goes with a 5 men midfield.
Martin Braithwaite is going to be on the bench tonight against Sevilla. He had a huge impact in his previous game. Therefore, he can prove to be valuable in this game as well. Koemann should give him a proper chance in the middle or the end of the game because we know that he has the quality to create an impact on the game anytime.
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