Raphinha, Yamal to start: Barcelona predicted line-up vs Girona


Barcelona's Spanish midfielder #16 Fermin Lopez celebrates with Barcelona's Brazilian forward #11 Raphinha after scoring his team's first goal during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Barcelona on April 29, 2024.
Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images

FC Barcelona look set for their next encounter in La Liga, one that could be season-defining. Knowing that first place in the Spanish league is now almost an impossible dream, Barça have to focus on the next best possible end goal. The end goal in this particular scenario for Barcelona would be to finish second in La Liga.

However, to do that, Xavi’s Spanish giants will need to face off against their Catalan neighbors and emerge victorious. Girona, currently among La Liga’s finest, will be the opposition they have to overcome. For Barcelona, in many different ways, this match is their most crucial encounter of the season now, and they should suit up accordingly.

Here is how Barcelona could line up against Girona.

Expected Line-up:

Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

Barcelona need to have their best players at their best level against Girona, and thus it becomes pivotal that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is at his very best and is one of them. His shot-stopping and ball-playing can prove to be crucial against a Girona side that will be well-tuned to stay in shape and be compact.

Right-back: Jules Kounde

The French defender continues to fill the void on the right flank for Barcelona. His presence generates a lot of defensive cover, and he has also proven himself to be more than capable of doing a good job offensively as well.

Centre-back: Ronald Araujo

Recent weeks have been hard for Ronald Araujo, and understandably so. With the media continuously either attacking his performances or linking him to a move away from the club, his actual displays have suffered. However, he still remains a guardian angel for Barcelona when they need him most.

Centre-back: Pau Cubarsi

In terms of a ceiling, Pau Cubarsi continues to prove himself to be limitless. His ball-playing, coupled with his defensive excellence, are two very vital pieces of the puzzle for Xavi’s Barcelona.

Left-back: Joao Cancelo

The Portuguese fullback is another player who has faced a lot of criticism recently. However, he continues to play with faith and determination, and that is what remains the most positive aspect about his character.

CDM: Andreas Christensen

As a pivot, Andreas Christensen has adapted better than all those around him. He provides both defensive cover and a physical presence in the midfield that Barcelona so desperately needed.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan

The German veteran midfielder continues to offer both experience and proven quality for Barcelona. His utility has been consistent, and it is no secret that he still remains one of the most used players at Xavi’s disposal.

CM: Fermin Lopez

With Frenkie De Jong injured and Pedri being treated with caution, Fermin Lopez has stepped up and made the third spot in the midfield his own. Relentless in his pursuit to give Barcelona both energy and goals, the 20-year-old has truly come into his own during this final phase of the season.

Right-winger: Lamine Yamal

The wondrous talent of Lamine Yamal continues to light up football’s grandest stages. His unbalancing nature, eye for goal, creativity, and other assets enable him to be one of the most potent weapons that Barcelona can use.

Centre-forward: Robert Lewandowski

With a hattrick in his last game, Robert Lewandowski is coming into this game with great motivation. The Polish striker will want to add to his goal tally against Girona as he continues to target the Pichichi award at the end of the Spanish season.

Left-winger: Raphinha

The Brazilian winger may lack the guarantees of continuity that other players have, but he remains a constant for Barcelona on a sporting basis this season. His performances have shown great levels of improvement recently, and they continue to offer Barça great joy.

Recommended Articles

Related articles

Barcelona President determined to part ways with Xavi – report

It has only been some weeks since both Joan Laporta and Xavi Hernandez appeared in a presser together...

Argentine coach praised by Guardiola among the candidates to replace Xavi at Barcelona

Since his press conference prior to the match against Almeria, the position of Xavi Hernandez on the FC...

Five Barcelona players unhappy with Xavi’s decisions – report

Having failed to win any major trophy this season, tensions are mounting at FC Barcelona. Earlier, it seemed...

Barcelona Director Deco’s position also at risk, claims Romero

There are no guarantees at FC Barcelona, both on and off the pitch. The Blaugranes have just endured...

10-goal Barcelona gem reacts after another MOTM performance

Although the La Liga title is already beyond their grasp, FC Barcelona were still able to get important...

Xavi set to be sacked in another twist in the Barcelona managerial saga

The top managerial position at Barcelona has experienced a roller coaster of a year. Xavi, who started the...

Report uncovers why €70m Barcelona player missed recent games

Despite there being two more games left to play, the current season is already over for FC Barcelona...

Fermin 8.5, Fort 7.5 | Almeria 0-2 Barcelona: Player ratings

Despite a rather stale performance, FC Barcelona emerged victorious against Almeria. A 2-0 scoreline is ultimately what gave...

Official: Barcelona starting XI to take on Almeria

FC Barcelona are now three games away from the end of the La Liga season. Far from an...

Brazil icon thinks Barcelona ace is too old to continue at the club

Not everyone sees eye to eye with the Barcelona management and how they run things. The case of...

Barcelona check-up with La Liga to see the possibility of signing Spanish winger

There is little to no doubt in the minds of FC Barcelona higher-ups that they must revamp the...

Four reasons why Barcelona want PSG midfielder for next season

For any aspiring player to end up at FC Barcelona, they have to exhibit something truly special. Talent,...