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Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona host Valencia at Camp Nou this weekend, looking to achieve three straight La Liga victories.
After a turbulent start to the season, Barça have shown signs of finding some form in recent weeks; qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, in addition to collecting consecutive La Liga victories over Levante and the top-flight Real Sociedad.
With the games full of strength, and Barça looking to climb from sixth in the table, this is how Koeman must line up his troops against the team he led for a season in 2007/08.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK): The undisputed number one of Barcelona is among 90minfive world-class goalkeepers in the game, say no more.
Sergino Dest (RB): The American summer signing has done well this season and will surely start with Sergi Roberto injured.
Ronald Araujo (CB): He has found himself on the team more often due to injuries to Gerard Piqué and Samuel Umtiti, but he has yet to really impress.
Clemente Lenglet (CB): The only fit senior central defender at the club should return to the side after having rested in the middle of the week.
Jordi Alba (LB): Still being one of the best left-backs in the world, Alba was on the scoreboard against Real Sociedad during the week and keeping his place is a fact.
Frenkie de Jong (CM) – The Dutchman has finally started to find his rhythm in the heart of Barcelona’s midfield and scored the winning goal midweek.
Sergio Busquets (CM) – The legendary midfielder surpassed Carles Puyol on Barcelona’s all-time list midweek and remains one of the game’s best passers and readers in Spain.
Antoine Griezmann (CAM) – After a rough start to life with Koeman, Griezmann has improved in recent weeks and has even found some scoring form.
Pedri (RW) – The versatility of the young academy graduate has been very helpful to Koeman, and Koeman is likely to come back to look for him to get off to a good start.
Martin Braithwaite (LW) – Naturally a striker, Braithwaite has recently found himself on the left side of the three forwards and surprisingly has not done so badly. He needs to score more to have any hope of keeping Philippe Coutinho out of the game for a long time.
Lionel Messi (ST) – The greatest to ever play the game hasn’t been at his sharpest level this season, but he’s still way above everyone else in terms of class.