•  The coach stated that the team will be competitive in Istanbul, but did not advance if there will be many changes

Many combinations for Xavi

If only a couple of months ago the eleven went out alone, as Xavi himself pointed out at a press conference, due to the precariousness of troops, now it is the opposite. Between the signings of the winter market and the recovery of some of the injured, the Barcelona coach now has a lot to choose from. In other words, in a certain way, each game is a small headache for having to leave important players on the bench. The clash against Galatasaray has the aggravating factor of the preparation for the Clásico, only three days away, with Madrid recovering energy since Tuesday. There will be rotations, for sure, the question is how many and if someone else will rest besides Alves, who is not registered in the Europa League. Xavi, who led the last training session on the pitch, gave no clues. The only thing he said is that he assumes everything that can happen in Istanbul.

From the outset, Dani Alves, who is not registered for the Europa League, will not play, so Dest’s entry into the eleven seems certain. But it could also happen that Araujo came on as a winger, or even Mingueza, and Dest moved to the left wing to reserve Jordi Alba, who hardly has any rest. The Uruguayan already rested against Osasuna, so he is fresh to play. Next to him, maybe Eric will repeat, with Piqué reserved for the Bernebéu. Or maybe the other way around. Or perhaps even repeat Eric and Piqué

Dembélé, after starting against Osasuna, could rest from the start against Galatasaray
Dembélé, after starting against Osasuna, could rest from the start against Galatasaray


Another option to rest Jordi Alba would be for Xavi to choose to play with three central defenders in a 3-4-3. Although given his form, Alba can play both games.

In the middle, after resting against Osasuna, Frenkie de Jong could return. With the sequence of three games in eight days and with the Classic at 72 hours, perhaps Xavi reserves Busquets, although he already did it in the first leg and had to rectify at the break of that game. Gavi and Pedri would compete for a position if Busquets played. Gavi was suspended in the first leg.

Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona, attended the training session at the stadium where the match will be played together with Yuste, Alemany and Masip
Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona, attended the training session at the stadium where the match will be played together with Yuste, Alemany and Masip

In attack, Aubameyang and Adama, reserved against Osasuna, seem fixed and Memphis may have another opportunity, giving Ferran a rest, although it is most likely that the Valencian will play and Memphis will lie in wait, like Dembélé.

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