Barcelona’s ‘second string’ nonetheless have a lot to show


Atletico de Madrid v FC Barcelona - LaLiga Santander
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Conundrum for Xavi

For Barcelona to genuinely be difficult for silverware on the finish of the present marketing campaign, Xavi will want to have the ability to totally utilise his first-team squad.

Video games in opposition to supposed ‘inferior’ opposition, with respect, permits the coach to have the ability to rotate his beginning XI considerably, if required.

Towards Ceuta on Thursday night, the proper alternative arose for these gamers caught on the fringes to supply performances of observe.

Performances that may give Xavi critical meals for thought, each for the quick future and in direction of the enterprise finish of the 2022-23 marketing campaign.

Till simply earlier than half-time when Raphinha opened the scoring with a pinpoint low end, there was little to put in writing house about.

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Dare we are saying it however the sport was immediately forgettable in lots of respects.

The Supercup closing win was an actual feather within the cap, nevertheless it was again to enterprise within the Copa del Rey and, frankly, most of Barca’s gamers weren’t at it for lengthy intervals of the opening 45.

Is it unsuitable to count on the identical stage of dedication each time that the shirt is pulled on?

It must be a privilege to put on the blaugrana, however the best way through which some gamers have been dragging themselves across the pitch within the opening half hour was embarrassing.

Maybe it’s unfair to choose on people, however that is Barca we’re speaking about and nobody will get a free experience.

Ferran Torres, in opposition to the bottom ranked group left within the competitors, nonetheless couldn’t inspire himself sufficient to show within the type of glowing and energetic exhibiting that everybody is aware of he’s able to however has hardly ever proven.

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The one shock on the evening was how lengthy it took Xavi to switch him with Ansu Fati.

In reality, Raphinha wasn’t an terrible lot higher however not less than he redeemed himself with the aim.

On the again, Eric Garcia did what he needed to do however nothing extra. Contemplating how a lot he was being talked up only a few months in the past, the Spaniard has had a speedy fall from grace and, like his contemporaries, is discovering it troublesome to breed the shape, authority and composure which we all know he has in his locker.

A snug win by the tip of proceedings shouldn’t gloss over the truth that, with a quarter-final to come back, there’s a powerful probability that Xavi can’t afford to be taking any extra dangers within the cup competitors.

So, the place does that go away these gamers that may’t get an everyday begin and aren’t providing anyplace close to the extent required to be a hit at our membership…?

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