Welcome back to t. Our topic for today is the EXPECTED FC BARCELONA LINEUP AGAINST ELCHE. FC Barcelona is preparing to face Elche mid-week in the La Liga competition. The team is currently dealing with multiple injury issues as well as form issues as well. Furthermore, the fans are hating badly on Clement Lenglet for giving away a penalty against Cadiz in the previous fixture. Therefore, the starting lineup for this game is going to very interesting.
Koemann must think out of the box and go for a lineup that can nearly ensure a victory in this game. Here is our take on what the starting lineup can be.
EXPECTED FC BARCELONA LINEUP AHEAD OF FC BARCELONA VS ELCHE
Marc Andre Ter Stegen is going to start in the goal. The German International keeper has not had many clean sheets this season although he really deserved them. Defensive mistakes and loose gameplay within the midfield have to lead to many goals. Sadly, there are many occasions when no keeper in the world can do anything to stop the ball from going inside the net. This is what happens from Ter Stegen as well.
Stegen goes home almost in every game without a clean sheet although he makes world-class saves week in and week out. Anyway, everyone knows that it is not his fault and therefore, he is a sure starter in this game.
It is going to be very interesting how Ronald Koemann sets up his defensive lineup. As mentioned before, the fans are badly hating on Lenglet for his poor performance against Cadiz. Therefore, it is going to be interesting to see if Koemann opts for Umtiti ahead of him or not. However, Koemann praised Lenglet in one of his interviews saying that he is an incredible athlete and anyone can do mistakes. Therefore, it is very likely that Lenglet starts this game as well. He is going to be accompanied by most likely, Oscar Mingueza.
Let’s just not forget that Gerrard Pique is back as well. Therefore, there is a chance that we see him starting the game as well. We do not expect the Pique-Lenglet Center Back duo to start in this game. However, we do expect any one of these players to feature in the starting lineup. It is going to be either one of these two players.
Meanwhile, Jordi Alba is the likely starter as the Left Back and Sergino Dest as the Right Back.
The midfield trio of Pedri, De Jong, and Busqi is proving to be very beneficial for the Blaugranas. Therefore, we can expect Koemann to go with the same midfield trio. Barcelona is a team that depends a lot on its midfielders. Therefore, it is less likely to witness Koemann doing a lot of experiments in that area especially if a specific partnership is working for him.
Anyway, we can expect Puig to feature in this game as well and some other players coming to serve their part later in the match.
The attacking trio also seems pretty sorted out. We expect the trio of Griezmann, Messi, and Dembele to start this game. Griezmann and Messi are in fine form these days. Dembele is picking up pace as well. However, he needs to be more effective inside the box. If Dembele starts scoring goals and creating more chances, FC Barcelona can go be way more effective in games as compared to their current situation.
As mentioned above that Puig is less likely to start in this game. However, even if or if not everything goes in our way, he can come in later in the game. Puig has the ability to create an impact against any other opposition at any time of the game. We all know this including the FC Barcelona officials. Therefore, it is very likely that we see him in this game. There is also a chance that Puig starts above Pedri because he is playing a lot of football these days and might need some rest.
Trincao is enjoying a pretty great form as well. Therefore, Koemann is going to consider giving him more playing time as well. Trincao can create a heavy impact if he gets settled and start playing his natural game. Therefore, we can expect him to come sometime earlier in this game. He can even start above Ousmane Dembele alongside Messi and Griezmann. This can provide him with all the time he is going to need to prove that his current good performances are more than just flukes. We know he has the ability, but he has to prove it as well.
Pjanic is a senior midfield player at FC Barcelona and the team needs someone experienced like him in order to step out of their current miserable form. It is also very likely that Pjanic starts ahead of Sergio Busquests because Busquests has been playing a lot and might need rest.
As mentioned above, anyone from Pique or Lenglet is likely to make it to the starting lineup alongside Oscar Mingueza. It depends on Ronald Koemann now. We do not know what he is thinking that what tactics he is going to implement in this game. Still, we have a solid feel that anyone from Pique or Lenglet is going to start this. If Pique starts, then Lenglet sits on the bench and vice versa.
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