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What is Barcelona’s ideal starting XI this season?

The recent 5-1 trumping of Viktoria Plzen in the UEFA Champions League opener was another indicator of Barcelona’s growing strength, especially in the backdrop of an excellent summer transfer window that saw them sign no less than eight top-quality players.

More importantly, the club were able to offload the unwanted stars, with players such as Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Martin Braithwaite and Miralem Pjanic, among many others, leaving the club for good.

It has resulted in a lot more compact and a stronger unit that is capable of taking on the best in Europe. But at the same time, the Barcelona team also has a great amount of depth, which is now causing a selection dilemma for coach Xavi Hernandez.

Here, at Barça Universal, we will take a look at the strongest possible Barcelona team for the 2022/23 season.

Defence

Marc-Andre ter Stegen is a no-brainer in goal, even though Barcelona have a new alternative in the form of the highly talented Inaki Pena.

Ter Stegen has been in brilliant form since the start of the season, with Statsbomb rating him as the best performing goalkeeper in La Liga so far. The German has racked up a save percentage of 92%, saving 12 of the 13 shots he has faced thus far.

Moving into the back four, Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde appear to be the best possible central defensive combination for Barcelona.

The influential Gerard Pique has struggled with injuries throughout the year and is not a reliable option at centre-back, partly due to his age. Eric Garcia has been in good form lately, but the Spaniard can be error-prone, especially in high-octane clashes.

As for Andreas Christensen, he has the ability to read the game quite well. But from a tactical perspective, the presence of Araujo makes much more sense on the right hand side of the defence.

The Uruguayan international offers the aggression and physicality that chimes in well with the technicality of Jules Kounde. The two end up offering a…


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Author : Connell Edgar-Jones

Publish date : 2022-09-10 12:11:41

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