Despite finishing a very good squad, Barca now look to build a good squad, which requires solving structural problems and improving in areas, especially the scoring power of Lewandowski, Azulgra and two solid full-backs. The failure of Alves-less couple. The loss on the right wing is so obvious that Alves has returned to his explosive form last season, with two centre-backs like Cunde and Araujo and a versatile midfielder like Sergi Roberto looking the best option. He temporarily lost his starting position on the left in favor of Balde. An important option for both sides could be Bellerin and Marcos Alonso, the two football players who will be called up for the first time for tomorrow’s match in Cadiz (18:30, Movistar LaLiga).
“I don’t have to prove myself. I don’t know how to complain if I don’t play,” Alba, 33 and under contract until 2024, claimed. The club’s decisions are theirs and there are a lot of demands,” added the Spain international, who is aware his World Cup participation in Qatar is at stake. Xavi didn’t take a hint: “I can understand. I try to be very clear with the players and more so with Jordi; he already knows the situation. He’s plugged in, he works very well, he’s humble and he pulls the cart. It’s important and it should be. I don’t see any problem. The bigger one just played ” intervened the Barça coach, determined to revive the leadership and rebuild the defense, whose average age today is 21 years.
From Cucurella to Olivan.
Alba in the year in the city; Cucurella, hired by Chelsea for 60 million; Miranda, Alex Moreno, Grimaldo or Brian Olivan. Alba has not been comfortable with his critics, distancing himself from the fan base and debating his absences from Luis Enrique’s squad. More or less the same thing will happen to Alba as to Pique and to a lesser extent to Busquets, and that is his difficulty in defending and, above all, getting back quickly, as was evident in the opening game against Rayo.
Noting that strength is not negotiable, Xavi said he needs to improve the physicality of a team that doesn’t give much effort without the ball. The same thing happened on the right side, where Alves dominated. The unsuccessful candidates to replace the Brazilian are Aleix Vidal, Semedo, Waguy, Emerson, Palencia, Douglas or Dest. The final bet is actually the 27-year-old La Masia player who played 11 seasons at Arsenal and one at Betis, Hector Bellerin. 31-year-old Marcos Alonso, a soccer player with links to Barca, is opposed as a starter on the left because his father was one of Barcelona’s icons, as Pichon Marcos scored a goal in 2016.
Bellerin and Marcos Alonso have arrived on a free signing for a year and their release clause is 50 million. The nature of the contract suggests there are still doubts with the sides: both have just one year to prove themselves at Camp Nou.
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