Barcelona kickstart their 2022/23 La Liga campaign later this evening as they play hosts to Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou.
The Catalans have gone through a summer of change, most notably in July picking up the services of no less than six top players. At the same time, they allowed the departure of several marginal players in the team.
Of course, we can expect a number of changes to Barcelona’s starting eleven, considering the team that started against Real Sociedad on the first matchday of last season.
In fact, there could be as many as eight changes to the team that started against Real Sociedad, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, for one, starting between the sticks in place of Neto, who was asked to leave the club afterwards. trailing behind Inaki Pena in the pecking order.
Barcelona’s core appears to have changed, with Sergi Roberto expected to start ahead of Sergino Desto at right-back. While Jordi Alba should continue on the opposite wing, we could see a new combination of central defense in Ronaldo Araujo and new signing Andreas Christensen.
There could be only one change in the midfield, in the form of Gavi. The youngster has been tipped to start over Frenkie de Jong, who has been tipped to leave the Camp Nou after becoming frustrated with the club.
Gavi should start alongside Pedri in the inside midfield position, with Sergio Busquets as the main six.
Barcelona moved into the attacking unit and were able to register Robert Lewandowski on Friday night.
It goes without saying that the Poland international is ready to spearhead Barca’s frontline, replacing Memphis Depay. There could also be changes in the wider attacking roles, with Ousmane Dembele and Raphinha replacing Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite.