Barcelona have released the squad list for their home game against Levante in gameweek 13 of La Liga. The team will host the Valencia outfit on the back of two consecutive defeats against Cadiz and Juventus respectively, in the hope to bounce back to winning ways.
There are no surprises in the list, with Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele out from injury. Dembele will be the first to return, in another week, if his injury does not worsen. Apart from these players, Ronald Koeman has named every possible member of the team for the match.
Samuel Umtiti made his return to the Barcelona squad against Juventus, and even got some minutes off the bench. He is part of this squad list, and could get further minutes to get back to match sharpness.
Matheus Fernandes, too, will be seen with the team. That said, it is highly unlikely he gets to come off the bench tomorrow, or anytime soon, in fact.
The full squad: ter Stegen, Neto, Inaki Pena; Dest, Lenglet, Umtiti, Mingueza, Araujo, Alba, Firpo; Coutinho, Aleña, Pedri, Pjanic, Puig, Busquets, de Jong, Matheus; Griezmann, Trincão, Braithwaite, Messi, Konrad
Absentees: Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele
Konrad de la Fuente is expected to feature in some capacity tomorrow given Barcelona’s lack of natural wingers. However, more importantly, it is finally time for Riqui Puig to show Koeman what his team has been lacking.
It is a diverse squad list, featuring 23 players, and that coupled with the fact that it is a home game should be incentive enough for Koeman to try out something different — hopefully a change in formation. His time at the helm is ticking away slowly and with the presidential elections soon, he must make the most of his time.
La Liga chief Javier Tebas talks summer transfers and fan return to stadiums
In a conference held by ADEA Forum (Association of managers and executives of Aragon) in Zaragoza, Javier Tebas spoke on a wide range of topics surrounding La Liga.
Mostly, the La Liga president spoke regarding the league’s bounce back from the pandemic and some potential plans for the league to restore public crowds. He also discussed the losses incurred, the summer transfers, among other things.
The Condition of La Liga
Tebas started the conference by claiming that the situation for the Spanish league is comparatively better than other leagues.
Speaking on this, he said, “The situation is worrying, but not so much. I think that of this pandemic the Spanish League is the one that is going to turn out less badly compared to the others.”
He then spoke about the losses incurred in Spanish football, with the net loss amounting to €1 billion by the 30th of September.
On the losses, Tebas said, “Of this billion, 750 have been financed by banks or investment funds, the latter the majority based in London, and the rest have been done by the clubs pulling their cash.”
Additionally, he mentioned that it was big clubs that were affected stronger than the smaller clubs, due to the huge loss of income from the lack of crowds, among other profitable economic activities that clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona enjoy above others.
A return for crowds to stadiums
When speaking on a return of crowds to stadiums, the La Liga chief seemed tremendously confident in their ability to host crowds as early as tomorrow. He claimed that they would have to run at between 20% to 30% capacity; nonetheless, the Spaniard was confident that teams would be more than capable of hosting crowds very soon.
Speaking on the same, he said, “There is a working group for the return [of fans] to the stadiums. I hope that in the last league games we can see the public in a proportional amount.”
Upcoming transfer window
Speaking on the summer transfer window, the president claimed that there will indeed be a lower amount of transfers as there were in the previous window. Tebas said, “They have already been lower in winter. There may be occasional and exceptional operations, but globally it will decrease. There will be exchanges of players. It’s going to be lower than last year.”
Accordingly, clubs are going to have to dig into their academy reserves more and more as the global and financial situations amend over time.