FC Barcelona proceed their problem for a title this season once they go to Eintracht Frankfurt within the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal on Thursday evening.
Coach Xavi Hernandez is with out proper again Sergino Dest and ahead Memphis Depay although harm, whereas Luuk de Jong additionally misses out after testing constructive for Covid-19 on the finish of final week and Dani Alves isn’t included in Barca’s squad for Europe.
Meanwhile Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti and Ansu Fati are long-term absentees, who’ve additionally remained in Barcelona to proceed their restoration course of.
The absence of Alaves is an issue for Xavi, who will in all probability need to play Oscar Mingueza, who doesn’t appear to type a part of the coach’s plans, at proper again, whereas he might make some rotations in central protection, with Eric Garcia in for Ronald Araujo.
The membership and Araujo appear to be near settlement for the Uruguayan defender to increase his contract with the membership and a brand new deal might now be signed within the coming days after a number of months of on-off discussions.
Talks are additionally ongoing with winger Ousmane Dembele, who appeared to have a foot out of the door after rejecting a brand new contract in January. Xavi has maintained religion within the Frenchman regardless of many wanting the winger to be left within the stands for the remainder of the season and the coach has been rewarded with a sequence of spectacular performances.
Barca’s 1-0 win on the weekend over Sevilla lifted them to second in LaLiga with Pedri’s wonderful objective assuring the factors and the 18-year-old will once more be Barca’s focus in Germany.
Eintracht are at the moment ninth within the Bundesliga and Barca need to be seen as clear favorites, however the German aspect confirmed once they knocked Betis out of the final spherical that they’re a harmful aspect on the break and Barca must keep away from any lapses of focus in possession.
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