June 20, 2024

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Back in Action: Ter Stegen’s Comeback Ignites Barcelona’s Starting XI

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FC Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez is set to welcome back goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to the starting lineup as they prepare to face Granada at Montjuic Stadium on Sunday evening.

Ter Stegen, who has been sidelined since November 12 due to a lumbar hernia, has undergone surgery and is ready to reclaim his position between the posts after missing 17 games.

Despite the absence of the German shot-stopper, young talent Inaki Pena has admirably filled in, but the return of Ter Stegen will undoubtedly bolster Barcelona’s defensive stability.

The starting lineup sees 17-year-old Pau Cubarsi making his debut in goal, supported by Ronald Araujo in defense, Joao Cancelo at left back, and Jules Kounde on the opposite flank. In midfield, Andreas Christensen will provide the defensive cover, allowing Frenkie de Jong and Ilkay Gundogan to adopt a more attacking role.

The attacking trio consists of Pedri on the left, Robert Lewandowski leading the line, and Lamine Yamal on the right wing in the absence of Vitor Roque, who is suspended. Raphinha, returning from injury, starts on the bench.

This lineup marks a return to the four-midfielder system for Barcelona, with Xavi opting for a blend of experience and youth as they aim to close the gap on league leaders Real Madrid.

Stay tuned for the kickoff as FC Barcelona takes on Granada in this crucial La Liga encounter.

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