On Monday at 17.30 native time, FC Barcelona will prepare for the primary time beneath new head coach Ronald Koeman.
Lionel Messi won’t be current after all, having failed to indicate for coronavirus testing yesterday morning that was a prerequisite to attending the session, and is basically on strike whereas making an attempt to pressure a transfer out of the membership. However how is the remainder of the Dutchman’s squad shaping up?
Not like Messi, who was instructed he’s the cornerstone of Barça’s 2020/2021 sporting mission but is AWOL, the likes of Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti, Arturo Vidal and Junior Firpo will report for responsibility regardless of having been knowledgeable by Koeman this time final week that they’re surplus to necessities.
It’s hoped that they are often offered earlier than the switch window closes on October fifth, and the identical logic replies to loan returnees Jean-Clair Todibo, Moussa Wague and Rafinha Alcantara. Individually, Carles Aleña is again from his momentary project at Actual Betis, however does have a future on the Camp Nou as a consequence of his standing as a promising graduate of La Masia.
Talking of which, three extra of its merchandise in Riqui Puig, Ronald Araujo and Ansu Fati will stick round within the first crew squad after having damaged by means of from the B crew in 2019/2020.
Coaching with the large boys for now in preseason, Ilaix Moriba, Arnau Tenas, Jorge Cuenca, Sergio Akieme and Konrad de la Fuente may even attempt to observe go well with and acquire promotion by impressing Koeman.
Of the brand new additions, Pedri, Francisco Trincao, Matheus Fernandes and Miralem Pjanic will all be current in the present day and hopefully joined by Philippe Coutinho on September eight after the Brazilian was instructed he can nonetheless flip his profession with the Blaugrana round.
Helping Koeman will probably be Alfred Schreuder and the legendary Henrik Larsson, whereas Albert Roca returns to the membership as a bodily coach for the primary time for the reason that finish of the Frank Rijkaard period in 2008.
FC Barcelona’s 2020/2021 squad so far:
Goalkeepers: Marc Andre-Ter Stegen, Neto, Inaki Pena
Defenders: Sergi Roberto, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba, Junior Firpo, Moussa Wague, Jean-Clair Todibo
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Miralem Pjanic, Riqui Puig, Pedri, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Carles Aleña, Matheus Fernandes, Rafinha
Forwards: Lionel Messi (?), Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Francisco Trincao, Martin Braithwaite