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Bellerin makes his debut, Pique starts in a 4-3-3: How Barcelona could line up against Cadiz

After a brilliant start to life in the Champions League, with a 5-1 win over Victor Plzen, Barcelona will return to La Liga this Saturday.

Cadiz awaits them at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza in what is, in equal parts, sad and funny, a real test for Xavi. Since their promotion to the top flight in 2020, Barça have not won a single game against them, losing two and tieing two.

Things are probably different this time around, though. After a stellar transfer window, the Catalans look like a team refreshed. All the new signings have started to click already, and if the coaching staff can keep them fresh and fit, Cules could be in for a dream of a season.

Barcelona have one eye on midweek, where they will make the trip to Bavaria to lock horns against old rivals Bayern Munich. In the wake of the same, we expect a fair few changes to the starting lineup against Cadiz.

Defence

While there will be changes to most of the team tomorrow, Marc-Andre ter Stegen was largely a passenger against Plzen, with the defence taking care of any attack that came their way. Not to mention his superb form makes him undroppable at the moment.

Ahead of him, we will likely see a back-four, with Hector Bellerin expected to be in for his debut. The Spaniard signed on a free transfer, and with Sergi Roberto injured, he could get the nod over Jules Kounde at right-back.

On the other side, Alejandro Balde will likely return to his spot on the left side of the quadrant. He was rested in the UCL, but there is no reason for him not to start tomorrow.

Gerard Pique played his first minutes of the season vs Plzen, coming on at half-time. He completed 43/43 of his passes, and should get the nod to start in the heart of the defence.

In his aid, we predict Andreas Christensen to retain his spot as the other centre-back. The Dane was pretty much faultless in his last game, and more than deserves another start. It would not, however, be surprising if Xavi opts to use Ronald Araujo over him instead.

Midfield

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Author : Udhav Arora

Publish date : 2022-09-09 19:19:13

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