The 7 most untouchable players for Xavi

The Barça coach considers Ter Stegen, Christensen, Araujo, De Jong, Pedri, Dembélé and Lewandowski essential in the squad


Xavi Hernandez assumes the urgent needs of Barça’s treasury and the obligation to make an important sale to balance the accounts. At the Camp Nou they explain that they will study all the offers that come in, but for the Barca coach there are seven players who are the most untouchable: Ter Stegen, Christensen, Araujo, De jong, Pedri, Dembélé and Lewandowski

Cech and Ter Stegen, in a montage


Ter Stegen

an impassable wall

He is the starting goalkeeper in all competitions. His numbers this season reach the best version of him. He has gone 25 games without conceding in LaLiga in the 34 days played, equaling the 21st century record of Cech with Chelsea and Oblak with Atlético de Madrid.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 19: Andreas Christensen of FC Barcelona looks on during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Cadiz CF at Spotify Camp Nou on February 19, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)



a perfect tandem

He considers him the perfect central tandem. When he plays, Christensen is sober, shows great concentration, does not commit imprudence with fouls and has good ball clearance. Only some injuries have marred his regularity, but when he is available, the coach does not hesitate to line him up. Araujo is strength, impossible to overcome. A relentless marker.




A brilliant midfielder

The best replacement for Busquets, if he ends up leaving because he has already adapted to the Barça game, because of his offensive vocation, because of his control of the ball and because of his regularity. He was one of those who most opposed its sale last summer.




an essential genius

Among the many compliments he has paid to him since he arrived at Barça in November 2021, Xavi said of Pedri: “He is the best pure talent in the world, he reminds me of Iniesta.” From here, the Terrassa coach does not understand the current Barça without his presence.

The Barça coach will have Andreas Christensen and Ousmane Dembélé available to play against Betis in the final stretch of the league



The best in his position

He considers him the best winger in the world and he is essential to his style of play that Xavi is trying to implement at Barça. He has dribbling and tackles, something that is not abundant in the market.

Lewandowski celebrating the goal against Betis



The guarantee of the goal in Barça

He is the goalscorer par excellence of this Barça. Although he has suffered a slump since his return from the World Cup, the Polish striker has 29 goals, 19 of them in LaLiga alone. He is the only one who has seen the goal in the five competitions in which Barça has participated.

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