Fatigue, and in large parts, confidence must have been instilled in the Barcelona unit after the encounter against Sevilla. On the back of the sensational victory led by Ronald Koeman, he has selected 21 players to take on Osasuna on the weekend.
Gerard Pique picked up a relapse in his knee injury in midweek and has been ruled out for nearly three weeks. He does not make it into the list and will miss the clash against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek as well.
Ronald Araujo, too, is injured and has not been included in the squad list. With two of the central defenders out for the game, it leaves Barça with just three players in that position — Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, and Oscar Mingueza.
Miralem Pjanic missed both encounters against Sevilla due to a muscle injury, but has been included in the squad list for this game. He might get the nod to start this game given Frenkie de Jong’s 120 minute involvement in the Copa del Rey. Pedri, played 90 minutes directly after coming from an injury, so it will not be shocking if he, too, is rested.
Full List: ter Stegen, Neto, Pena; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Umtiti, Alba, Firpo; Busquets, Matheus, Ilaix, de Jong, Pedri, Puig, Pjanic: Braithwaite, Dembele, Messi, Trincao, Griezmann
Absentees: Araujo (ankle), Coutinho (knee), Roberto (calf), Fati (knee), Pique (knee)
Ronald Koeman hinted at using the 3-5-2 again against Osasuna in his pre-game presser, but Barcelona have only called up three centre-halves for the clash. It seem unlikely that Koeman will risk yet another injury in the backline with a robust part of the season coming up soon enough. All said and done, it will be another chance for Antoine Griezmann to prove that he deserves a shot in the new setup.
Leaked: Barcelona’s 2022-23 home kit
Footy Headlines have predicted the 2022/23 season Barcelona home kit already. According to the outlet, the jersey will be released in the summer of 2022.
The new home kit will feature three color stripes; navy, navy blue and red.
Knowing how accurate the outlet has been in its earlier leaks, it is solid to say that this is how the jersey will look more or less. However, there might be slight changes, such as sleeve cuffs.
Since Barcelona’s contract with Rakuten expires in 2022, it remains yet to be known which brand will become the main sponsor and feature on the jersey.
Barcelona fans were absolutely disgusted with the 2021/22 home jersey that was leaked earlier. The bar was set so low, that Culés can only be happy about this one.