Valverde is played with an unprecedented and experimental defense

Never before have Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Todibo and Semedo been together in a field. The losses and the sanction of Lenglet give few more options to the coach against Sevilla.


Imagine that they are going to play against one of LaLiga's most scoring teams, ten goals and Julen Lopetegui Sevilla, with a right back that he would like to play in the midfield, but that his best performance shows them in defense, with a central which is in the eye of the hurricane in recent days for its fierce open controversy with the board, with another central that is more or less a melon to open because he has barely played eight minutes this season and with a left side that is right-handed life and he is forced to play unnaturally.

Well, this is the panorama that Ernesto Valverde will have to face in his defensive quartet when preparing the match against Sevilla on Sunday. And, except for a major surprise, Barcelona will come out with a completely unprecedented and experimental defense -not even tested in the pre-season friendlies- with Sergi Roberto on the right, the pair of central Piqué and Todibo, and Semedo on the left

Various circumstances have forced Valverde to reach this very adverse situation. To start the plague of injuries that have decimated the sides, and especially those of the left band. The first to fall was the holder par excellence, Jordi Alba, who suffered a break in the biceps femoris of the left leg on September 17 during the dispute of the match against Borussia in Dortmund, and the second, his replacement, Junior Firpo , which broke the right biceps femoris during a workout last Tuesday. Given these circumstances and in the absence of more left-handed sides in the squad, Valverde has been forced to find a solution and rely on Semedo to cover these losses in the left lane, as he did before Inter on Wednesday, with a solvency more than worthy.

To make matters worse, the red card that Lenglet saw before the Getafe has also left a void in the central zone, since it should not be forgotten that Umtiti suffered a fissure in his right foot than he is currently halfway of the deadlines in their rehabilitation. Thus, the very young Todibo will be chosen to accompany Piqué on Sunday. A player who has demonstrated good manners, but who has the 'handicap' of inexperience and lack of competition. Valverde will also have the presence of a branch of the subsidiary to complete the call. The Uruguayan Ronald Araújo will almost certainly be chosen, who already trained on Thursday with the first team.

The right wing will be occupied by Sergi Roberto, who is taking less and less minutes in the core and more in defense. Senegalese Moussa Wagué is running as the alternative on the bench in case any setback occurs. The canterano is today one of the few players of the squad, along with Neto and Umtiti, who has not yet debuted at this start of the course.



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