Haaland and Puig in, Busquets out: How Xavi’s Barca could line up in 2022

Xavi is said to be the best-positioned candidate to replace Ronald Koeman if the latter is sacked.

Besides, it is claimed that the former Barca legend would like the club to offload 7 players, including even Sergino Dest and Philippe Coutinho.

If all these exit operations are done, Xavi reportedly will insist on signing both Erling Haaland and Paul Pogba.

Let’s imagine a potential starting eleven with all these changes.

Barca XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Araujo, Garcia, Balde; Pogba, De Jong, Puig/Pedri; Fati, Haaland, Memphis.

Bench: Pena, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Nico, Gavi, Dembele, Demir.


We believe Xavi would go with a very young back line while all the veterans would become benchwarmers and emergency back-ups.

Thus, Frenkie de Jong would play the role of a deep-lying playmaker while Pogba would add more physical ability to the midfield.

Pedri and Riqui Puig would compete for the starter spot.

While Memphis Depay is more used to playing on the left side, Ansu Fati could take his place on the right flank.

The two forwards could switch their positions with each other if needed


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