Official: Barcelona starting XI to take on Real Betis


SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 04: Ronald Araujo of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona at Reale Arena on November 04, 2023 in San Sebastian, Spain.
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Ahead of the clash against Real Betis, a big question mark surrounded FC Barcelona. With a lot of players injured, there was definite uncertainty around what Xavi would ultimately opt for. However, the clash between Barcelona and Betis is finally here, and secrets have been unveiled.

For the Catalan giants, this match is worth a lot more than just three points. It could prove to be the deciding game that ensures where Barcelona can keep their focus this season moving forward. With Real Madrid and Girona already leading, Barça need the points to catch up.

As such, ahead of the game, Barcelona have released their official starting line-up. The Catalan giants have decided to field a strong eleven, knowing that this game could be vital for their campaign. For Xavi, these players are now all he can trust.

In goal, unsurprisingly, Inaki Pena returns as the starter. As long as German goalkeeper and Barça captain Marc Andre Ter Stegen remains injured, the Spaniard will continue to defend his goal. For Barcelona, Pena’s contributions in this game could prove to be vital.

Ahead of him, Ronald Araujo and Pau Cubarsi start as the two primary central defenders. The Uruguayan defender Ronald Araujo was missing from the last game due to a suspension, but he now returns to the starting eleven.

On either side of them, Alejandro Balde and Kounde start as the fullbacks. Both of them will be tasked with a mixture of offensive and defensive duties to tend to. The consistency with which they fulfill those duties could be essential.

Over in the midfield, Frenkie De Jong starts as the team’s primary pivot. The Dutchman’s progressive abilities and passing range have the potential to be key for opening Real Betis and their structure.

Ahead of him, Pedri and Ilkay Gundogan start as the two interiors. Their magic in midfield will be an asset that Xavi hopes will enable his Barça side to play their best football. Both the youngster and the veteran will look to cause havoc together.

Finally, the frontline sees Polish striker Robert Lewandowski make the start for Barcelona. On both wings of his, Ferran Torres and Lamine Yamal start as the two widemen. Their skills and runs on the two wings could prove to be dangerous for Betis to deal with.

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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