With the international break officially over, Barcelona return to action tonight as they host Athletic Club for gameweek ten of La Liga. With Real Madrid’s draw against Sevilla yesternight, Barcelona have the chance to go within a point of them and Girona with a win today.
With multiple injuries in the squad, coupled with a hectic schedule, Barcelona have had to shuffle their team for this clash. Xavi has made two changes to the starting lineup that took on Granada right before the break.
Inigo Martinez has been handed his second start in blaugrana colours, replacing the injured Jules Kounde in central defence. Ronald Araujo has been rested after a hectic fortnight with Uruguay, with Andreas Christensen retaining his place as a centre-back.
This pairing will be screening Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who starts in goal, while Joao Cancelo and Alejandro Balde continue to provide width from the back as the right and left-backs, respectively.
Oriol Romeu returns to the starting lineup, and will start as the defensive midfielder, while Gavi and Ilkay Gundogan take up advanced positions in the midfield trident.
Fermin Lopez has been handed the nod to start over Lamine Yamal in attack, likely playing as a right-winger. Joao Felix starts on the other side of the trio, while Ferran Torres spearheads the team as the no. 9.
Confirmed Barça XI: ter Stegen; Cancelo, Christensen, Inigo, Balde; Gundogan, Romeu, Gavi; Fermin, Ferran, Felix