The STORM of player injuries suffered by Barcelona when they had to host Deportivo Alaves at Camp Nou was certainly not a favorable thing for the hosts on Sunday (31/10) early in the morning WIB.
With two defeats in a row in the last game, the Blaugrana fell to 9th in the current La Liga table with 15 points.
“Against Alaves, Barcelona will prepare with their new interim manager, Sergi Barjuan (Barcelona B team coach), for the first time replacing Ronald Koeman,” the club said in a statement.
“Sergi has a difficult task after the Blaugrana’s home loss to Real Madrid and the away game against Rayo Vallecano,” he continued.
Moreover, the absence of players such as defender Araujo Ronald, midfielders Pedri and de Jong Frenkie, as well as forwards Ansu Fati and Martin Braithwaite will make Sergi rely more on the composition of other reserves for support. .
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Memphis Dephay and Sergio Aguero can still be mainstays up front. While Sergio Busquets, Coutinho Philippe and Gavi will fill the Blaugrana’s mid-game.
In the Alaves camp, although they are at the bottom of the table but in the last two games they have lived, they can achieve successes in a row against Cadiz CF and Elche.
“We are very motivated in this game. It is true that there has been a change in the Barcelona camp and we are also worried about it. But we think we can win a third in a row,” said Deportivo Alaves coach Javier Calleja.
Looking at their last meeting record, Barcelona are indeed superior as they have won 18 of the 25 matches they have experienced. But the team’s recent performances are forcing Barcelona to prepare their defense line well.
Joselu, who has scored three goals throughout this La Liga season, will always be Alaves’ spearhead along with Luis Rioja and Mamadou Sylla.
The midfield game will certainly be dominated by Mamadou Loum Ndiaye, who is still a productive midfielder with one goal and two assists. (90Min / Sportsmole / Goal / OL-4)