A pair of debutants?: Xavi’s planned front-3 for Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
An insight into the attacking trident set to be fielded by Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez in the club’s meeting with Atletico Madrid this weekend has been provided on Thursday.
And it appears as though all three spots could well be filled by January arrivals in Catalunya…
As per a report from Javi Miguel of Spanish outlet Diario AS, despite the now-former Arsenal man having only seen his move to the club made official this week, Xavi intends to utilise Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the off on Sunday, as his attacking spearhead.
The Gabonese will then be flanked on one wing by Ferran Torres, fresh off the back of a fine start to his own Barcelona career.
And on the opposite flank is expected to come Adama Traore, albeit with the situation still hanging somewhat in the balance, amid uncertainty surrounding Xavi’s plans for contract rebel Ousmane Dembele.
This of course means that, should Miguel’s inside info prove correct, all three members of Barca’s starting frontline against Atletico will come in the form of winter arrivals at the club.
“Ya tenemos a nuestro Eto’o” https://t.co/7SEWxLFKiI vía @diarioas
— Javi Miguel Club (@fansjavimiguel) February 3, 2022
Alves misses out
Elsewhere on the Barcelona front, all of Aubameyang, Torres and Traore were, on Wednesday, named as part of the club’s Europa League squad for the 2nd half of the campaign.
The 4th and final January addition to the Catalans’ ranks, however, was unfortunately left out.
The player in question? Dani Alves.
As per UEFA’s rules, a maximum of three new players can be registered by any one club mid-season in European competition.
Legendary full-back Alves, in turn, was left as the odd man out at the Camp Nou, despite having already reestablished himself as an important member of Xavi’s backline since his return to the club.
Official. Barcelona excluded Dani Alves from Europa League list. ❌🇧🇷#FCB
Barça were only allowed to register three new signings – so they decided to go for Adama, Aubameyang and Ferran Torres. pic.twitter.com/cdoS7IHzmg
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 2, 2022
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