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Barcelona predicted lineup vs Real Sociedad - La Liga

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Xavi's last win at Camp Nou as a player was against Real Sociedad in May 2015
Xavi's last win at Camp Nou as a player was against Real Sociedad in May 2015 / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
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Barcelona travel to the Basque Country to face Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday night.

The whole point of Barcelona's economic levers was to provide short-term rewards. Yet, after selling off millions of future revenue for a fraction of its worth, Barcelona could only muster a 0-0 draw against Rayo Vallecano last weekend.

Here's the XI Xavi Hernandez may deploy in a bid to achieve the immediate success the club have bet on so heavily.


Barcelona predicted lineup vs Real Sociedad (4-3-3)

1. Barcelona XI

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski drew a blank on his Barcelona debut last weekend / Eric Alonso/GettyImages

GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen - The German has been spotted zipping around Gracia - Barcelona's trendy town - on his electric scooter in the past.

RB: Ronald Araujo - On the advice of the club's youth team coaches, Araujo has based his game on Barcelona legend Carles Puyol, spending hours watching videos of the defender on YouTube.

CB: Andreas Christensen - The son of a former professional goalkeeper prevented Ter Stegen from facing an effort from point-blank range as he made a last-ditch sliding tackle on his debut against Rayo.

CB: Eric Garcia - The Masia graduate captained every youth team he played for in Barcelona's fabled academy. He may not have the senior armband yet, but he may well have a starting berth.

LB: Jordi Alba - After agreeing to rejoin Barcelona shortly before the Euro 2012 final, his future teammate and current manager, Xavi, assisted his goal in the showpiece fixture.

CM: Gavi - Less than 12 months ago, the regular starter for Barcelona and the senior national team was still turning out in the third tier of Spanish football.

CM: Frenkie de Jong - After a preseason of uncertainty - which continues to rage on in the background - De Jong may be drafted in as the most natural replacement for the suspended Sergio Busquets.

CM: Pedri - In a significant move for a player who idolised Andres Iniesta so much he wanted the same haircut as the balding midfielder - his dad shut that down - Pedri was given his iconic number eight shirt this season.

RW: Raphinha - Barcelona is in Raphinha's blood. His father Rafael was part of the band - Samba Tri - which Ronaldinho flew over to Catalonia for his birthday celebration each year.

ST: Robert Lewandowski - Last weekend was the first time in eight years that Lewandowski failed to score in his club's first game of the season.

LW: Ousmane Dembele - The Frenchman created the most chances across the opening weekend of La Liga (five) but failed to carve out a goal for his teammates.


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