With these 2 changes, Xavi will help Barca get their first victory in La Liga

The Spanish strategist needs to adjust the squad in time to bring success to Barca this season.

The Spanish strategist needs to adjust the squad in time to bring success to Barca this season.

Xavi changes starting lineup

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is expected to make changes to his starting XI for August 22’s La Liga clash with Real Sociedad. Diario AS reports that Jules Kounde will come on for Andreas Christensen and Frenkie de Jong will replace Gavi. Xavi made this decision in an attempt to salvage a disappointing start to the season.


Barca are still unable to register Kounde in the squad. But it is believed that could be done in the short term if Memphis Depay leaves and president Joan Laporta further cuts the salaries of Barca players. Meanwhile, De Jong should be in the starting line-up after impressing when coming on from the bench. Xavi saw that Gavi’s form seemed a bit out of place and contributed to Barca’s inability to win against Rayo Vallecano.


Besides, the Catalan “giant” is expected to have other changes as well. Miralem Pjanic could be started as Sergio Busquets is suspended for a red card against Rayo Vallecano. Jordi Alba’s left-back position also seems to be in trouble after a poor performance at Camp Nou over the weekend. Xavi could consider using Alejandro Balde instead or even Marcos Alonso if Laporta can close the deal in time.

Barca “sweet” Umtiti

The Barca leadership is quite satisfied with Samuel Umtiti ‘s attitude , despite the fact that he was not selected by Xavi in ​​the squad. SPORT reports that some clubs have asked to be “trial” Umtiti to check his physical condition. But neither Barca nor the French player accepted this offer, which is said to be disrespectful.


Umtiti has fully recovered from his previous injury and is expected to be loaned out in the coming weeks. Barca is helping the 28-year-old find a way out for his career. They will allow him to leave Camp Nou unconditionally, although the midfielder has a contract until 2026 and has the option of leaving on loan. Umtiti was close to Rennes but the French club chose other options. Therefore, his wish now is to return to Lyon.


Barca currently has no intention of canceling Umtiti’s contract. They hope to find a new club for him. Terminating the contract of the French player is not a wise idea, because it does not save Laporta any more money. The club also appreciates the effort Umtiti is making to find a new destination, although the player is still unlucky.

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