The decision of Xavi begins as he made Jordi Alba on the bench for the first time since taking over the leadership of the team, during the big win over Real Sociedad yesterday (4-1), at Anoeta Stadium, in the second round of the Spanish League.
In addition to Alba, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets, who were completing the suspension, sat down to remember what Luis Enrique, the former coach of the team, did when the former attacking duo of the team, Lionel Messi and Neymar, sat on the bench in the same stadium on January 4, 2015.
Enrique’s decision at the time triggered a crisis that led to the call for elections by Josep Maria Bartomeu, the former president, and later to win the historic treble for the second time in the club’s history, but this time the decision came as part of a change in the team’s generation, which has not caused, until now, no crisis.
The decision of Xavi begins to slaughter “holy cows”!
The decision of Xavi begins to exclude Alba from the starting lineup came after he performed poorly against Rayo Vallecano at the start of the team’s campaign in La Liga at the Camp Nou, which ended in a goalless draw, so Xavi relied on young full-back Alejandro Balde (18 years), who played a key against Sociedad, based on his promising performance during Pre-season period.
And the fruits of the change made by Xavi came, as Balde was the owner of the pass from which the team scored the first goal with the feet of the Polish Robert Lewandowski in the first minute of the match, which paved the way for a great victory away from home 1-4.
In any case, Balde, who played the role of a midfielder from the left side more than as a back due to the coach’s reliance on 3 defenders in the back (Araujo, Christensen, and Eric Garcia), was high and then began to decline over time, to be replaced (s 64). ) While the result indicated a 1-1 draw.
For his part, Jordi Alba came down 12 minutes before the end of the match, while the result indicated that Barca had advanced by 3 goals to one.
Jordi Alba and Baldi are now competing for the left-back position, but the situation may change completely if the club signs a left-back before the summer transfer market closes.
Xavi exclude Gerard Pique!
So far in the first two matches in La Liga, Gerard Pique became the fourth central defender in the coach’s ranking, behind Araujo, Christensen, and Eric Garcia.
But the importance of Pique in the team may decline further when the club registers French defender Jules Conde, who is likely to play a key role in the defense of the Blaugrana.
The club is also asking Pique, like his fellow midfielder, Sergio Busquets, to reduce his salary, in order to specifically register Conde, as well as other potential players that Barcelona may sign before the end of the summer transfer market on the first of September.
The general features indicate that the duo of Alba and Pique, and behind them Busquets (holy cows, a term given to the great players in Barcelona), have lost their central position in the team, which seems to be forever.
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