June 14, 2024

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Barcelona vs. Betis: Xavi’s Master Plan Unveiled

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FC Barcelona is gearing up for a pivotal clash labeled a “do-or-die final” by local media against Real Betis. Head Coach Xavi Hernandez is strategically adjusting the lineup for Sunday’s game, underscoring its must-win nature as highlighted by the local press.

Title Race Tensions

With rivals Real Madrid taking the field earlier, FC Barcelona faces the prospect of trailing by up to 10 points in the title race. The current situation suggests they might lose their La Liga crown to either Real Madrid or local contenders Girona.

Xavi’s Call for Positivity

Despite the challenges, Xavi is calling for optimism from the club’s surroundings, known as the “entorno.” In his pre-match talk on Saturday, Xavi urged a positive perspective, challenging prevailing negativity and emphasizing the need to focus on what could go right.

Building for the Future

Addressing concerns about potential setbacks, Xavi highlighted the team’s reliance on young talents, stating, “The other day we had 13 players from the academy, and I didn’t see any news about that. We played with 16, 17, 18-year-olds… I say we’re building, and they criticize me for that too.”

Key Absences and Optimism

Xavi acknowledged the impact of key absences like Frenkie De Jong, Pedri, and Gavi on the team’s playing style. However, he expressed optimism as three of these absent players, excluding the injured Gavi, are set to start together in midfield at Benito Villamarin.

Defensive Lineup and Attacking Strategy

In the defensive lineup, Inaki Pena guards the goal, supported by Alejandro Balde, Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, and Sergi Roberto. Upfront, Joao Felix gets another opportunity on the left wing, flanked by Robert Lewandowski as the striker and Ferran Torres on the opposite flank, while Raphinha rests due to illness.

FC Barcelona’s Starting XI

The confirmed Starting XI against Real Betis: Pena; Balde, Araujo, Kounde, Roberto; De Jong, Gundogan, Pedri; Felix, Lewandowski, Ferran Torres. The composition showcases Xavi’s strategic choices as FC Barcelona aims for a crucial victory in Seville.

Seizing the Moment

As FC Barcelona enters this crucial fixture, Xavi’s emphasis on positivity and building for the future provides a glimpse into the club’s resilience. The tactical adjustments and the inclusion of promising talents underscore a commitment to overcoming challenges.

 With the Starting XI finalized, all eyes are on the team to seize the moment and secure a vital win against Real Betis in Seville.

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