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Barcelona predicted lineup vs Levante - La Liga

Craig Vickers
Xavi on the touchline
Xavi on the touchline / David Ramos/GettyImages
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Barcelona return to league action as Xavi's men look to continue their winning momentum in La Liga when they visit Levante.

Barça set up a winner-takes-all return leg at the Camp Nou next week after a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League quarter-final in Germany in midweek.

Attentions will shift back to domestic matters in the meantime, with Xavi's side currently the best of the rest in La Liga after a run of six consecutive victories.

Here's how Barcelona could line up this weekend.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Ronald Araujo
Araujo applauds the Barcelona fans / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) - Struggled in periods this season, but the change of manager has injected a new lease of life into the German.

Dani Alves (RB) - An incredibly shrewd addition from Xavi, often inverting into central positions to free up the flanks for Barcelona's dynamic wingers.

Ronald Araujo (CB) - Likely to move back into central defence with Gerard Pique doubtful through injury.

Eric Garcia (CB) - Looks to have rediscovered his confidence since Xavi's appointment.

Jordi Alba (LB) - Still motors down the flank like a youthful teenager, displaying energy which belies his age.

2. Midfielders

Pedro Gonzalez 'Pedri'
Pedri is one of the most gifted midfielders in the world / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Sergio Busquets (CM) - May not have the legs that he did a decade ago, but his brain certainly hasn't slowed down.

Pedri (CM) - Netted a sublime winning goal against Sevilla last time out, underlining his prodigious talent.

Frenkie de Jong (CM) - Very much looks at home under Xavi, often encouraged to break beyond the opposition's defensive line.

3. Forwards

Ousmane Dembele (RW) - Reduced to the substitutes role in midweek and should be given the nod from the outset this weekend.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) - His ability to both drop short and run in-behind creates space for Barcelona's midfielders to weave their magic.

Ferran Torres (LW) - Delivered the crucial equaliser in Germany, adding his fifth goal in his last seven games.


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