Barcelona continues to clearly show a lack of cohesion in recent matches. The Catalan giants have struggled to create efficiency in attack.
Fatigue can be a major factor keeping players from performing at their best. In addition, injuries also caused many difficulties for Barcelona. Therefore, many sources believe that the upcoming UEFA Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk could see Xavi make some changes to the squad.
According to SPORT, Barcelona coach Xavi may consider implementing rotation in both upcoming matches. The first match was against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League and the other match was against Alaves in La Liga. Considered to be ‘easy’ matches for Barcelona, some players who rarely play will have the opportunity to participate.
One of the names highlighted is Marcos Alonso. Already struggling to get playing minutes, the veteran Spanish defender will have the chance to prove his ability in the middle of this week.
Another player who looks set to feature for Barcelona is Andreas Christensen. The Danish defender was rested against Real Sociedad, but he can play against opponents from Ukraine.
Likewise, Oriol Romeu could be another player who could currently be available. With Frenkie De Jong still unable to play and Ilkay Gundogan also needing rest, this could be Romeu’s time to shine.
Both matches against Shakhtar and Alaves, although considered favorable, are both decisive encounters. One could secure entry to the UEFA Champions League knockout stages as group leaders, while the other ensures that Barça remain close to their league rivals.
Dang Nguyen | 13:08 November 6, 2023