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Xavi’s three lineup dilemmas for Bayern Munich vs Barcelona

Barcelona’s away trip to Allianz Arena to take on Bayern Munich in their second UEFA Champions League group stage game stages plenty of questions for Xavi in terms of team selection.

As seen during the Cadiz encounter, a 4-0 win, the manager rested several first-team regulars, namely Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele and Pedri.

Now, Although the manager did say that the aforementioned changes had nothing to do with the Bayern game, we all are aware of the bigger picture.

The picture in question is Barcelona’s pursuit beaten Bayern Munich for the first time since 2015. Since their 3-0 win over the Germans in May 2015, the Blaugrana have gone to lose each of their last four meetings.

Such has been Bayern’s dominance over Barcelona in recent years is that the Bavarians have scored a whopping 17 goals while conceding a mere four. The mentioned four outings also include the 2-8 routing in the quarter-final of the 2019-20 Champions League campaign.

Now, with the game only a couple of nights away, here we look at three selection dilemmas Xavi is expected to face for the away trip to Germany.

Raphinha vs Ansu Fati

Ansu Fati took his tally to two goals and as many assists during his brief cameo against Cadiz. The 19-year-old’s statistics are slightly better than Raphinha’s, but we expect the Brazilian to keep his place against Bayern as well.

The former Leeds United man has barely put a foot wrong this season, as he is averaging two key passes per game in the league and is also aggregating 3.2 shots per game.

These figures are relatively more impressive than Ansu Fati’s, although one might argue that the latter hasn’t played as many minutes as his counterpart.

In any way, Raphinha’s work rate has been excellent this season, which is mostly down to his Premier League experience. Against Bayern, who are expected to be a threat, Raphinha’s agility will be put to great use.


Big game time for Raphinha. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)


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Author : Ash Reyna

Publish date : 2022-09-12 13:15:15

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