Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is to discuss the expected Starting Lineup for FC Barcelona’s clash against Athletic Bilbao. The Super Cup final is less than two hours away. The lineups are going to be here any minute and the hype for this game is real. FC Barcelona is taking on Athletic Club in the final of the Super Cup. Can the Blaugranas get their first silverware of the season?
FC BARCELONA VS ATHLETIC CLUB EXPECTED STARTING LINEUP
Barcelona faced Athletic Bilbao a few games back in La Liga. The Blaugranas were superb in that game and won very convincingly against the home team, Athletic. The star of the show was Lionel Messi. However, this is still doubted if Messi is going to be available to play the final or not. Let’s discuss every position and discuss which player is expected to start there.
This is a no brainer. Marc Andre Ter Stegen is going to start in goal. The German International saved three out of five penalty kicks against Real Sociedad. Marc truly showed his class against the tough opponents on a tough night. He is a star for the team and there is no doubt that he is going to start in between the poles for his team against Athletic Club.
Ronald Araujo and Clement Lenglet are going to start as the Center Backs for the team. Araujo has replaced the injured Gerrard Pique very nicely. The young Center Back from Uruguay has made his permanent place in the squad. He has all the abilities from being good with the ball to winning aerial duels, having pace, and good reading of the game. However, his partner, Lenglet is struggling a bit. Still, the French CB is a fighter and we all know that he loves playing for FC Barcelona. Therefore, we expect Lenglet to definitely put extra effort into his team in this game.
Sergino Dest is fit and back in the squad. Therefore, he is going to start as the Right Back. Dest also made his place in the squad very quickly and he deserved it too. Sergino is a young player who bosses the right side as an experienced customer. He is a very valuable player for Ronald Koemann as well as his team.
The experienced, Jordi Alba is going to start as the Left Back. Jordi is no newbie to playing in finals. The Spaniard has served this club for more than a decade and he has seen it all happening for the Blaugranas. He was a part of this team during its glory days as well as bad patches. Therefore, there is certainly going to be a shortage of confidence for Jordi Alba about the final. However, he also has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders to deliver for the team at all costs.
The starting midfield duo is likely going to be Sergio Busquests, Frenkie De Jong, and Pedri. All three players are performing at their best nowadays and this is what the team needs from them today as well. Busqi was struggling with his form. However, he has been phenomenal in the previous few games. Busquests is a single powerhouse of the entire midfield. He is so calm and collective. He is never pressurized by any sort of pressing or excessive body play from the opposition. This is what allows him to pick the right teammate and the right time. The team is going to depend on Busqi to play clinical passes from the back.
Frenkie De Jong is also performing at a very high rate these days. The former Ajax midfielder has finally found his peak form at FC Barcelona. He is a pivot in the midfield and FC Barcelona benefits a lot from his expertise. The same stuff applies to Pedri as well. Pedri is extremely young as compared to the remainder of the squad. However, his football game is much more mature and he is a deserving starter in the team.
Ousmane Dembele is likely to start for the Blaugranas. Ousmane is struggling with form. However, there are moments when he shows his true class. Ousmane is very creative and very active as well. If Dembele clicks in this game, it is going to be curtains for Athletic Club. He finally looks to be returning to full health as he played all 120 minutes against Real Sociedad. Therefore, we expect the French International to be a part of the starting lineup.
Another French International likely to start this game is Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann missed the penalty against Sociedad. However, his work rate is amazing and his active play benefits the team a lot. Griezmann has also served as a playmaker as he has a few assists this season. Griezmann is struggling to find the goal often, but his work rate, ball snatching ability, and overall game reading skills are benefitting the team a lot.
Lastly, Lionel Messi is likely to make it to the starting lineup as well. It is true that Messi’s participation in this game is still not clear. However, the Argentinean missed the previous game against Sociedad as well. He is in very fine form now. Therefore, he is going to push and play the final. Recent reports also suggested that Messi does want to play in the final and also start the game for the Blaugranas. Athletic is going to pray that Messi does not start this game. However, his addiction to the squad is going to make FC Barcelona heavily favored to win this game.
This is the most likely expected starting lineup for FC Barcelona. The actual starting lineup is going to be here at any moment. However, this game promises to be a thriller for the fans as well as the neutral watchers.
Finals are always fun and exciting to watch and this one is going to be no exception. The best team of the night is going to lift the trophy.