Dembele or Raphinha? Select Barca starting XI for Inter Miami friendly from 2 options

 

Barcelona play their first friendly of the US tour against Inter Miami on July 19. The Catalans have a squad of 28 players, so there are plenty of options for Xavi to pick from. Here are two of them.

Option 1

Barcelona XI: Inaki Pena – DestAraujoChristensen, Balde – NicoKessiePedri – DembeleAubameyangAnsu Fati.

Inaki Pena could play the game from the start since he needs to prove himself a worthy competitor to Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

 

In defence, Sergino Dest and Alejandro Balde could cover the flanks while Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen are tested as the new centre-back duo.

 

Xavi could continue to test Nico in the pivot position, linking him with Pedri and Franck Kessie for more defensive security.

In attack, the trio of Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ansu Fati could be tested. Dembele is the more creative asset while Fati has the eye for the goal.

Option 2

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen – Sergi RobertoPiqueEric GarciaAlba – BusquetsGaviPablo Torre – Raphinha, Aubameyang, Ferran Torres.

 

Veterans like Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Alba, and Busquets could all start so that the youngster get to play against tired legs.

 

Other rotations could include Pablo Torre and Gavi in midfield and Raphinha and Ferran Torres upfront. This would be Raphinha’s first match for us.

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