Barcelona is going head to head with Elche CF starting on 18 Dec 2021 at 17:30 UTC at Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona city, Spain. The match is a part of the LaLiga.
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Xavi Hernandez’s first six games as the manager of FC Barcelona could not have been split more evenly. Two wins, two losses, and two draws have him tied on all three fronts as he continues to try and inspire a struggling side.
Pitted midweek against Boca Juniors in the Maradona Cup, the Catalans could not pull off a win. Despite leading for a major part of the second half, Xavi’s side conceded and lost on penalties.
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Though Gerard Pique has been the convenient scapegoat for Barcelona’s defensive shortcomings in recent times, his leadership has never been in question.
A big blow to Xavi’s plans came at El Sadar when the defender picked up a fifth yellow card. The tall Spaniard’s absence implies that Barcelona will have to rely on their other centre-backs to hold the fort.
While Ronald Araujo has been the standout performer in defence, it remains to be seen as to who partners with him on the night. If Xavi opts for a three-man back-line once again, the possible combinations are numerous.
Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti seem to have found a recent resurgence under Xavi, with both the French internationals having big roles in recent games. Yet, the string of poor performances could prompt the manager to call back Eric Garcia from the bench.
In Pique’s absence, the defence will be put to a stern test against the likes of Lucas Perez and Lucas Boye. Though Elche have not been very bright in front of goal this season, a perfect counter is something they are very capable of.
NAME: Barcelona – Elche CF
DATE: 18 Dec 2021
TIME: 17:30 UTC
VENUE: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain