Ronald Koeman surprised everyone with his travelling squad that would take on Dynamo Kyiv on matchday four of the Champions League, leaving Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong out of the equation. Following that, several changes have been made to the starting XI, the biggest one being Carles Aleña’s inclusion, who partners Miralem Pjanic in the double pivot.
Sergino Dest takes over the right-back spot following the injury to Sergi Roberto and has been replaced by Junior Firpo. Another huge takeaway is Oscar Mingueza, who starts alongside Clement Lenglet in the heart of the defece. This back-four will guard Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who takes care of the net in goal.
The front-four is very different as well, with Martin Braithwaite getting his first start of the season. He will lead the line, playing off of Philippe Coutinho as the no. 10. Pedri starts yet another game, playing on the left, while Ousmane Dembele is benched for Fransisco Trincao.
Confirmed Barcelona Lineup: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Firpo; Pjanic, Alena; Trincao, Coutinho, Pedri; Braithwaite
Riqui Puig does not make the cut for this game, yet again, despite the squad having no more than four central midfielders, one of which was Matheus Fernandes. That said, we might see the fan-favourite youngster come off the bench.
Source: FC Barceona
Gerard Pique appoints Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra
In an interesting turn of events, Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. Sarabia served as Quique Setien’s assistant during the Spaniard’s six-month tenure at Barcelona ranging from January to August before the coaching staff was sacked for a humiliating exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Pique’s Kosmos Holding Group bought Andorra, who operated in the Tercera Division – the Spain’s fourth tier, in December 2018. After raising enough funds, and going on a 22 match unbeaten run, Andorra replaced CF Reus in the Segunda Division B.
After the dismissal of Gabri Garcia following a poor run of form, Nacho Castro was appointed as the head coach. After nearly a year in-charge, on January 18, Andorra announced through a press release that Castro would not be continuing at the club. Three hours later, Eder Sarabia was appointed.
This appointment has come as a surprise to Barcelona fans considering Sarabia’s controversial tenure with the club. The Spaniard had been on the end of several heated discussion with club captain Lionel Messi, with videos releasing of the assistant shouting and cursing at the players during a game against Celta Vigo last season.
Gerard Piqué appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. https://t.co/atKA5Lv6lb— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 18, 2021
Andorra currently sit second in Group III-A of the Segunda Division B, three points clear of Barcelona B. The two are set to meet on 7th February in Round 15 of the third division. The Encamp outfit won the last meeting, held in November 2020, between the two with a goal from Carlos Martinez Rodriguez enough to scrape a 1-0 win through.