June 20, 2024

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Barcelona’s Key Decisions for the El Clasico Clash

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In preparation for their ninth El Clasico under Xavi’s guidance, FC Barcelona is gearing up for the Spanish Super Cup final against Real Madrid tomorrow. The anticipation is high, with the prospect of securing a significant mid-season trophy hanging in the balance.

Barcelona’s recent solid performance against Osasuna in the semi-finals, adhering to their three-forward strategy, has set a positive tone. The return of Pedri from injury enhances Xavi’s midfield options and adds a valuable asset to the team.

Acknowledging the need for improved balance against Real Madrid, Xavi contemplates a shift to a four-man midfield, a tactic that proved effective in the same fixture last year. This strategic adjustment not only led to victory but also showcased Barcelona’s peak performances from the previous season.

Confirmed starters include Gundogan and Frenkie de Jong, with Pedri, despite not being in peak condition, potentially playing a pivotal role. The choice for the fourth midfielder remains uncertain, with Sergi Roberto emerging as a strong contender, gaining prominence in recent weeks.

The absence of Raphinha due to injury opens up opportunities for potential partners for Robert Lewandowski, with Lamine Yamal and Joao Felix being considered.

Their collaboration in the semi-finals resulted in the second goal against Osasuna, highlighting Felix’s prowess in challenging matches, such as the one against Atletico Madrid.

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