Once again, the stoppage of selections leaves FC Barcelona as a true solar. On this occasion, a total of 18 footballers have been called up. Luis Enrique is the one with the most players, with six summoned: Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Gavi, Eric Garcia, Ferran Torres and Alba. to those who have to the two from the Sub-21: Arnau Tenas and Alejandro Balde. From here on, the trickle is incessant and gradual: Memphis Depay and Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands), Jules Koundé and Ousmane Dembélé (France), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Andreas Christensen (Denmark), Marc André Ter Stegen (Germany) , Raphinha (Brazil), Ronald Araújo (Uruguay) and Frank Kessié (Ivory Coast).
In fact, Xavi will only be able to count on six players from the first team in the coming days: Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati, Marcos Alonso, Bellerín, Iñaki Peña and Pablo Torre. Faced with this exceptional situation, the Blaugrana coach has decided to take the bull by the horns and carry out an atypical week of work, with only two training sessions (Thursday and Friday) and the rest of the holidays.
Thus, the footballers ‘released’ from the commitments with their national teams now face three days off. For some, such as Marcos Alonso and Bellerín, the last to arrive, it will be time to finish closing the paperwork for their new residence and strengthen their adaptation to the city, while for others, like Ansu Fati or Sergi Roberto, will be able to finish putting their physical condition in order, thinking about the next commitments. PFor whom it is assumed that this week can be decisive is for the young Pablo Torre. Xavi already announced that he was going to meet with the Cantabrian promise to assess different scenarios, aware that he needs to play minutes. To date, Pablo has only played nine minutes, very few for the encouragement he needs in his progression. The decision of the technicians could be that he began to play games with the subsidiary, but he wants to agree with the footballer to avoid misunderstandings.
After this totally atypical week, the following Monday we will return to the work sessions at the Ciutat Esportiva. It will be the moment in which the trickle of the internationals returns, at least until Thursday, when in principle it will already have all its troops available, to prepare for Saturday’s game against Mallorca.
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