Mallorca to be the testing ground for Barcelona midfielder – report

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BILBAO, SPAIN - MARCH 03: Fermin Lopez of FC Barcelona shoots whilst under pressure from Yeray of Athletic Club during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona at Estadio de San Mames on March 03, 2024 in Bilbao, Spain.
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While the result against Athletic Club was disappointing for FC Barcelona, they lost something much more crucial. Two of their most important players in Frenkie De Jong and Pedri were both injured in the game. As a consequence, Xavi’s Barcelona are now left extremely handicapped.

Their main priority has now also shifted towards the UEFA Champions League, as the team loses ground in La Liga. With the clash against Napoli set to be pivotal to their season now, Barça must first ensure the test of RCD Mallorca in the league as they still fight for second place as a realistic objective.

However, there are going to be rotations to ensure that key players can rest before the European clash. Others, on the other hand, may have to prove themselves against Mallorca to deserve a chance. One of those names is Fermin Lopez.

As per SPORT, Xavi’s decision to deploy Lopez against Athletic Club was quite telling. The Barcelona coach had the option of using Sergi Roberto as well, but ultimately he chose the 20-year-old to come into a crucial point of the game.

Now, against RCD Mallorca, Lopez will have to be tested. Xavi will likely return to a standard 4-3-3 against them, given the lack of midfield options, and will most probably start with three forwards up front. As for the midfielders, Ilkay Gundogan seems to be the only guarantee at the moment.

Lopez, on the other hand, is still a victim of barely any regularity of minutes this season. Instead, he will be allowed to showcase his levels against Mallorca, which in turn could showcase Xavi what he needs to know in order to make a more informed eleven against Napoli in the all-important game at the Montjuic Stadium.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

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