It’s Saturday. And that can only mean one thing. Xavi Ball returns after a long 3 days away. For the 3rd consecutive game this week, we’re live from the Estadi Montjuic. This time, we’re back to La Liga action, as we face Celta Vigo at 6:30pm local time. Yet again, just like the game against Antwerp in midweek, we’re coming into the game with really good vibes. Things are starting to click in the team. And although we aren’t at our very, very best yet were clearly on that path. Tonight is another opportunity for the team to demonstrate the progress we’re making, against a struggling Celta Vigo side. Our game in midweek was one of the best performances we’ve seen for a while, but we have to stay humble. Like i said, there’s still a long way to go and every game is a chance for us to show what we’re building towards. Last weekend in La Liga, against Betis, there was an incredible turnout to our temporary home. So we’ll be hoping to see a repeat of that tonight. The fans are so important.
A quick look at our opponents:
When it comes to Celta Vigo, they’re one of those teams that you can never take lightly. Like most teams in La Liga, form doesn’t really matter when we face each other. That being said, Rafa Benitez’s side find them in the very bottom half of the table. Only one point above Sevilla. Their very last game in the league was a loss to Mallorca at home. Which came with controversy on the side of Vigo. Of course there are the usual suspects to keep an eye out for, like Iago Aspas. As well as former Barca players Carles Perez and Oscar Mingueza. Like I’ve said, games against Celta are never starlight forward, so once again we’re going to have to be at our best to push them aside. And that’s exactly what we’ll be aiming for.
As for the lineup, much like the game against Antwerp in midweek, ideally wed like to see some continuity in the lineup. The connections on the pitch are slowly starting to build, especially with Joao Felix and Lewandowski. Of course we need to think about fatigue. Players like Kounde and Frenkie have played a lot of minutes. So we may see some rotations in the lineup. What’s good about that, is that we finally have more depth and serious competition in the squad. So when we do need to rotate, the player coming in is always ready.
One massive piece of news from yesterday’s squad list, is the return of Ronald Araujo. Than in itself is huge news. Pedri is still recovering, but signs seem to be good for hum coming back in the middle of October. And I personally cant wait for that. It’s also exciting to think of finally seeing Araujo and Kounde strike up a partnership in the centre of defence. I wouldn’t start Araujo tonight obviously, but id definitely bring him on for a few minutes. It’s going to be interesting to see how Xavi decides to lineup. The unpredictability of it is exciting. I’ll put my ideal eleven down below.
My starting 11:
Cancelo- Iñigo- Christensen- Balde
Gavi- Romeu- Frenkie
Raphinha- Lewandowski- Felix