Barcelona take on Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, in what is a huge test for Xavi’s side to end what has been a memorably turbulent 2021 for the Catalans.
Sevilla come into Tuesday night’s fixture in 2nd place and are enjoying an outstanding La Liga campaign so far. Lopetegui’s side, who have the best defence in Spain, and one of the best in Europe, know that victory over Barcelona would put them just three points behind league leaders Real Madrid.
Barcelona find themselves in a slightly better spot following some favourable results over the weekend, as well as their late 3-2 win over Elche on Saturday afternoon. Xavi is likely to name a similar side to the one that defeated Elche at Camp Nou, although Gerard Piqué is expected to return to the heart of defence. With the ‘Blaugrana’ visibly leaky in defence, Xavi must implement structure for a clash of this calibre, and could be forced to revert to the 4-3-3 to regain some shape.