After Matchday 11, FC Barcelona is presently ranked fourth in the La Liga standings. Real Madrid, the team’s enduring nemesis, now leads with 28 points, while the Catalan giants currently have 24 points. But Barcelona’s next matchup against Real Sociedad may offer them an opportunity to close that difference.
The official roster for the game has also been released by the Catalans giants. Xavi will choose a potent starting lineup in light of certain important returns and other players staying healthy. Much will be expected of Xavi, bearing in mind the errors made in the Clasico.
FC Barcelona may lineup against Real Sociedad as follows:
Marc Andre Ter Stegen, goalie
After a very difficult match, Jude Bellingham scored two goals against Ter Stegen. With the disappointment of the El Clasico still fresh in his memory, Barcelona will be looking to return to the form of their German goalie from the previous campaign. The Barcelona captain will have his chance at atonement in San Sebastián.
Alejandro Balde at left back.
For Alejandro Balde, the young player, this game may mean a lot. Unquestionably, the 19-year-old Spanish fullback is not performing at his peak level. Balde must to play well against Sociedad if he wants to win back Xavi’s and the Barcelona supporters’ trust.
Back at centre: Inigo Martinez
The senior Spanish player has a certain ability that Xavi seems to love. Barcelona may need to rely heavily on their ability to penetrate defence lines quickly and accurately this season. He must, however, continue to play defence in order to assist Ter Stegen in giving up as few goals as possible.
Back at centre: Ronald Araujo
Ronald Araujo, a defender from Uruguay, is officially back for Barcelona. Even with the defeat in El Clasico, Araujo performed admirably. For the duration of the season, the Catalan giants will be hoping that their defensive guardian can continue to be reliable and avoid injuries.
Goalie: Joao Cancelo
Joao Cancelo, one of Xavi’s most inventive assets, is still untouchable. There is no player like the Portuguese fullback in terms of vision, passing, and skill. Although his last attempt as a winger showed promise, it ultimately had little effect. He’ll probably go back to his natural position at right back for this game.
Ilkay Gundogan, CDM
Ilkay Gundogan continues to be the ideal player in terms of experience and active qualities. Both on and off the pitch, he has already made a huge contribution to Barcelona. Even if Gundogan has been publicly criticising the locker room recently, he will still be crucial to Barcelona’s success this season.
Gavi, the tenacious Barcelona fighter in every match, is now unreplaceable. The youthful guy was maybe the liveliest player on the pitch against Real Madrid. He will, nonetheless, be eager to keep pushing Barcelona to high heights this season.
Fermin Lopez, CM
Barcelona was undoubtedly the more dominant team for the whole of the El Clasico. But Fermin Lopez deserves a great deal of the credit for that. The dynamic midfield player combines efficiency and elegance in a way that is truly special. Furthermore, it is always a pleasure to see him in front of the rival goal, even from a distance.
On the left: Joao Felix
The Atletico Madrid transferee from Portugal will seek to quicken his speed. Joao Felix hasn’t been able to reach his peak since his debut appearances since coming here. When Barça seize control at the Anoeta, Barcelona will be anticipating a hungry young striker.
Forward centre: Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski was undoubtedly disappointed by his performance against Los Blancos and will have wanted more. The Polish star needs to seize the opportunity to play within his prime years. As he starts to lose ground in the competition for the Pichichi, he will be looking to increase his goal total this season.
Radical right: Raphinha
Raphinha, who was added late in the Clasico, is probably going to start this time. Every time the Brazilian winger plays for Barcelona, he adds a special flare and directness to the game. Xavi will be hoping that he gets along well with his teammates and lets La Blaugrana show as much vulnerability as possible with La Real.