Life hasn’t been easy for Antoine Griezmann at Barcelona lately. The Frenchman has been criticised for being invisible in games and now, his starting spot for El Clásico could be in danger as well.
However, according to SPORT, Ronald Koeman will trust his experience and big-game prowess so we could very well see him in action after all. There was talk of Francisco Trincão or Ousmane Dembélé potentially getting the nod ahead of him but it seems that won’t be so.
Both youngsters have seen some action as of late, impressing with their performances as well. For that reason, one could say that starting either of them would be completely justified. However, for a game of this magnitude, experience may prove to be vital.
The same goes for Sergi Roberto. There was an option of Sergiño Dest potentially starting at that right-back position instead of the Spaniard but Koeman is not ready to take that risk just yet. Of course, the young American is already making his mark on the team but is still fairly fresh.
SPORT believe this will be Barcelona’s XI tomorrow afternoon: Neto; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets, De Jong: Griezmann, Coutinho, Ansu Fati; Messi.
Five key stats from Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla — Epic comeback secures spot in finale
Julien Lopetegui endured the toughest week he possibly could have as manager of Sevilla facing Barcelona twice in the span of three days. Ronald Koeman’s men registered a 2-0 win in the league on the weekend, only to outdo themselves in picture-perfect fashion to secure a sensational comeback in the Copa del Rey.
Goals from Ousmane Dembele, Gerard Pique, and Martin Braithwaite etched a 3-0 win for Barcelona, but what were the other stats that dominated the game of play? Barça Universal takes a look at the same.
No better to kick off this statistic special other than El Presidente Gerard Pique. Taking charge of the defence alongside Oscar Mingueza and Clement Lenglet, the Spaniard came up clutch to seal the game for Barcelona with the last play of the game. A sensational header into the bottom corner to reach his 49th goal for the club.
Gerard Piqué has scored 49 goals for Barcelona in all competitions, of which 20 have been headers. Yesterday, he scored his latest goal for the club in any competition (93:08). El Presidente.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 4, 2021
— Opta pic.twitter.com/QUcAGMfMM6
Pique certainly came up clutch in the attack for Barça, but he was an ever-present force in the defence as well. Despite Sevilla pressing extremely high early on, the 34-year-old was not dispossessed even once in two hours of play.
Gerard Piqué made 21 ball recoveries, and did not lose a single ball against Sevilla. pic.twitter.com/gdOrHCBd7g— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 3, 2021
It is a good time to mention Clement Lenglet as well, who seems to have redeemed himself with two show-stopper performances against Sevilla. The Frenchman came was a rock in both games in the week, and one of the best players for Barcelona.
Clement Lenglet did not commit a single foul against Sevilla, won all his aerial duels (8/8), and all of his ground duels (2/2). Redeemed.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 4, 2021
— Sofascore pic.twitter.com/1RTW8mLtqP
Lionel Messi may not have been on the scoresheet for Barcelona, but he did not stop giving his all at any time through the match. Additionally, he was very important for the team in extra time as he held up the game through his intricate dribbles and ball retention.
Leo Messi completed 11/11 dribbles against Sevilla tonight. ELEVEN. pic.twitter.com/NuO3TJ44Ln— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 3, 2021
Jordi Alba may be a defender on paper, but he has been an incredible presence for the team in the attack throughout his tenure. Yesterday, as well, Alba relentlessly put in crosses, continued to sprint forward. He assisted Martin Braithwaite for the winner yesterday with a tremendous cross that met the Dane’s dive.
Jordi Alba in extra-time for Barcelona:— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 3, 2021
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— @Barca19stats pic.twitter.com/qkpociC9mO