The biggest challenge to Quique Setien would be to arrive in Lisbon, for the champions league, with a squad that is fit and ready to compete. Injuries have long held the progress for Barcelona, and the squad clearly lacks the winning mentality in important moments of the match. Those who back Setien argue with a good case of how can you judge a manager based on an injured squad?. Remember that despite an unhealthy squad, Barca were at the top of La Liga when the season restarted.
The welcoming news for many Cules was the return of Clement Lenglet in the training. With one week to go, he faces a race against time to be fit , in form and focused. As he is clearly the favourite to be paired with Pique in the defence, a great extent of Barcelona’s progress in the tournament will rely on him.
Samuel Umtiti has been injured and according to various sources from the Spanish Media, has been asked to leave by the Barcelona higher authorities. Ronald Arujo, is unfortunately, also out injured. Nothing can be said at the moment of their availability in the Champions League.
Jorge Coenca, the player who rose from the Barcelona B team, and having impressed in his recent performances, is struggling with a thigh injury.
One word for Barcelona’s 2019/20 season? The curse of the injured defenders.
Good news remains Pique to be fit, Quique Setien will be expecting his forwards to do a good job as he faces an unreliable, and unfit defence
Barca attacking players’ injury status
More good news for the Barca faithful, that Antoinne Griezmann and Ousman Dembele have returned in training.
Griezman, having struggled to hit the road running with Barca, had probably made amends with his strike against Napoli that gave FC Barcelona, the very crucial away goal. He suffered a Quadriceps injury in the La Liga game vs Real Valladolid. As of now, he is back in training and with one week to prepare for against Napoli, he might get a go in the Champions league if Setien decided so.
Injuries have never affected a players career more than Ousman Dembele. Since signing an exciting winger from Borussia Dortmund, the excited Cules have been often disappointed to see him injured. Suffering another hamstring injury back in February, Ousman Dembele finally has returned to training. He could be Barcelona’s secret weapon and the X factor they need. And, there is no denying of his ability to change the game all on his own.
Despite the struggles and everything, Barcelona will look to their main man Messi, for sprinkling his magic in the Champions League. Meanwhile, youngsters Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati also provide hope and a dangerous attack for Barca’s Champions league ambitions.
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