Barcelona and Celta Vigo will tussle for three points on Thursday evening whilst contesting an ever-exciting La Liga contest.
Barcelona are looking to build on their winning start to La Liga when they visit Celta Vigo in the midweek fixture on Thursday evening. The Blaugrana face a visit to one of their bogey grounds, the Balaidos, where two crucial points were dropped following the lockdown in the 2019/20 campaign as they eventually conceded the title to Real Madrid.
Ronald Koeman’s era has gotten off to a flying start, but it will be matches like these, away from home, which will determine whether or not the Dutchman will be a success at the Camp Nou in the longer run. In what is one of his most difficult tests in the season and in the early parts of it, here’s how the manager could line his troops out.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen continues to recover from his injury and therefore, Neto will be handed a start in goal. Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet will play in the heart of the backline, whereas Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto will complete an unchanged defence from Sunday’s win over Villarreal in the Camp Nou.
Frenkie de Jong will also keep his place but instead of forming a double pivot with Sergio Busquets, Miralem Pjanic may join the Dutchman. The ex-Juventus midfielder will get his first start and there could be a rare rest for his Spanish counterpart in Busquets. The two midfielders offered great support last time out and it’ll be good to see how they play this one.
Ansu Fati, who struck a brace over the weekend will definitely keep his place, as will Lionel Messi on the flanks. Philippe Coutinho’s role clashed several times with the Argentine, but he still seems to be in the good books of his manager and will start as the false-nine. Antoine Griezmann will lead a line-up that will have just one change- Pjanic coming in in place of Busquets.