Shall we examine these teams?
Barcelona is sticking to their usual 4-3-3 formation, without making any changes to the positions or players. This game is crucial, so there’s no room for experimentation. Xavi has decided to field the exact same team that narrowly defeated Atletico Madrid in the previous match.
Inaki Pena remains in goal as a replacement for the injured Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while the defense is at full capacity in front of him. Jules Kounde takes up the right-back position, while Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen occupy the central defensive roles. Joao Cancelo will have the freedom to venture forward on the wing or move into the midfield, while Kounde will adjust to form a defensive trio.
In the midfield, Ilkay Gundogan assumes the role of the sole anchor, although it may not be his preferred position. However, he does excel in this role, except for maybe the 2021 Champions League final. Frenkie de Jong and Pedri, the dynamic midfielders, are positioned next to him. Their vibrant playstyle and relentless determination will play a crucial role in dismantling Girona’s steadfast defensive formation. Their strategic movements towards the sides of the field will be of utmost importance in generating open areas and forcing opposing defenders to abandon their positions.