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Griezmann out? How Barcelona could line up against Sevilla

The Frenchman just isn't settling into the formation and Ronald Koeman may choose to make a change against title challengers

 
12:00pm on Sunday 4th October 2020
By
Paul Macdonald

It's early, but Barcelona versus Sevilla at Camp Nou on Sunday is already shaping up to be a huge match in the context of the season.

Both sides have two wins out of two and have settled starting XIs now, shaping up for a very intriguing battle of two excellent teams.

For Ronald Koeman, he will have to contend with a suspension for Clement Lenglet, who was shown the red card in their 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Thursday night.

With Samuel Umtiti largely frozen out it's likely Ronald Araujo, who did well when brought on in Vigo, will partner Gerard Pique in defence. Jordi Alba, who has been excellent this season, will slot it at left-back.

New signing Sergino Dest will be available but Sergi Roberto could keep his place at right-back for now until the American has had enough time to train with his team-mates.

Sergio Busquets and Frenkie De Jong, the latter superb in the result in horrible conditions in Vigo, will be the conventional double-pivot, and ahead of him Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi are all locked in.

The final spot will likely go to Antoine Griezmann, but there's no denying that he is the weakest element of the XI at the moment. Koeman will likely give him time but the likes of Trincao and Pedri are piling on the pressure to play.

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