Barcelona must bounce back in La Liga after a slow start to the season, which has seen them go three matches without winning.
Barcelona are looking to bounce back from two successive defeats in La Liga as they travel to the Basque County to face Deportivo Alaves. The Blaugrana occupy the 12th spot after only five games and need a huge resurgence in form to turn a corner.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen reported to training after his knee surgery. The German’s fresh recovery could allow Neto more time between the sticks, as they do not want to rush Ter Stegen’s comeback. The former Valencia keeper will guard the posts at the Mendizorrotza.
Ronald Koeman is expected to bring on Sergi Roberto in place of newly recruited Sergino Dest for the right-back position after a solid shift against the Italian champions, Juventus. Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique will retain their spot as the central defenders alongside Jordi Alba in the left-back position for the club.
After a 35-minute appearance against the Bianconeri mid-week, Sergio Busquets is expected to start against the Basque side, replacing the Bosnian midfielder, Miralem Pjanic in the process. The veteran Spaniard is expected to lineup beside the former Ajax man, Frenkie de Jong as central defensive midfielders.
Pedri is anticipated to make the start against Alaves after impressive performances against Real Madrid and Juventus. The Spaniard has been one of the breakthrough players for Barcelona this season and is expected to make his third consecutive start in the process. The captain, Lionel Mess is anticipated to operate centrally whereas Dembele would start from the right-wing after his impressive cameos in the Champions League
Ansu Fati equalized for the 5-time Champions League winners against Real Madrid last week and rewrote the history books as became the youngest scorer in the El Classico. On the day he finally enters adulthood, the Spaniard will start down the middle- a position he has taken up very well.