The FC Barcelona starting lineup is currently headlined by Frenkie de Jong and Robert Lewandowski, both of whom are healthy heading into their (2/11/24) matchup against Granada. Find analysis of Barcelona’s roster below along with updated starting lineup information.
Barcelona Starting Lineup Vs. Granada
- GK- Iñaki Peña (Spain)
- LB- João Cancelo (Portugal)
- CB- Ronald Araújo (Uruguay)
- CB- Pau Cubarsí (Spain)
- RB- Jules Koundé (France)
- MF- Ilkay Gündoğan (Germany)
- MF- Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands)
- CAM- Pedri (Spain)
- LW- Lamine Yamal (Spain)
- ST- Robert Lewandowski (Poland)/li>
- RW- Fermín López (Spain)
The post-Messi era has been far from perfect for Barcelona, but — with team legend Xavi now running the show — the Blaugrana were crowned champions of La Liga in a runaway effort last season. This year, however, things are looking tougher. Barça finds themselves down in third place behind Real Madrid and Girona, and Xavi has been dismissed as manager, effective at the season’s end.
The club is definitely experiencing some growing pains as club legends Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué, and Jordi Alba have all moved on. Given the current standings, the season could ultimately end up being anything from a raging success to a bitter letdown. Barça has only lost three times in league play this year, but the losses were costly ones, as two of them came against Madrid and Girona. The squad sits 11 points behind Madrid and 6 behind Girona, so it’s looking like the title may be off the table, barring a miracle. In fact, Barca is only safe in a UCL spot by a margin of five points, so they may have to watch their tail rather than looking up.
As for the knockout competitions, Barcelona made the final of the Supercopa de España, where they were thrashed by Madrid in a 4-1 loss.
In the UCL, they’re still alive and are set to face defending Serie A champions Napoli in a two-legged tie for the round of 16. And last but not least, they were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey as they fell to Bilbao.
With veteran goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen out with an injury, Iñaki Peña has gotten his chance to start for Barça, and he hasn’t always made the most of it. For Barcelona to win this one, he’ll need an above-average performance. The team just received a big boost with star fullback João Cancelo returning from injury; he is immediately one of the squad’s best players once again. Even with rising star Gavi injured, Barça’s midfield is a strength as always, with a great first three and veterans like Sergi Roberto and Oriol Romeu ready to step in for support, while the forward group has some burst as well. The left wing spot should go to 16 year old prodigy Lamine Yamal, as the youngster has put on some good showings of late. On the other side of the formation, expect Fermín López to get a start at right wing, with injuries to both Ferran Torres and João Félix. It’ll be tough putting out a fresh lineup after the league loss to Villarreal over the weekend, but every point is vital at this point in the La Liga race.
Barcelona Position Groups
The Barcelona roster, as with any soccer roster, features 4 separate position groups — Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, and Forwards. Below is a brief breakdown of each that aims to provide insight into how they stack up against other competition in La Liga, UCL, and domestic cups.
Veteran goalie Marc-André ter Stegen has been the man between the sticks for Barça for quite some time now, though he’s currently on the injury report with a back injury. He could be back sooner than expected, but — in the immediate future —, Iñaki Peña is getting his first real shot with a big club.
Getting Cancelo back is tremendous, as he is easily the club’s best defender, but he’s not exactly alone on the back line. Araújo and Kounde are just entering their primes, and could be a great pairing in the middle for years to come, while youngsters Fort and Balde still have a long way to go, but are off to promising starts as well. All of that being said, it looks like Cancelo is now ready to go, as is Andreas Christensen, but it’s hard to know just how much Xavi will want to push his luck with the newly-healthy players; we’ll have to wait and see if he plays them against Bilbao, and if so, for how long.
The midfield is another area where Barça is dealing with a major injury, one to teenage talent Gavi. Veteran stars Ilkay Gündoğan and Frenkie de Jong form arguably the team’s best duo anywhere on the pitch, while Pedri has also been playing some great football despite dealing with injury issues over the past year or so. With veterans Sergi Roberto and Oriol Romeu available to provide some bench depth, this team should be able to weather the loss of one of their best players.
Prolific striker Robert Lewandowski is often the center of attention within this unit, but he’s far from the only excellent forward on the squad. Ferran Torres has found some great form as well, and João Félix continues to provide a unique flair on the pitch. Perhaps the biggest story in this group, however, is youngster Lamine Yamal, who isn’t even listed on the official squad page, but has been chipping in and breaking records at the mind-boggling age of 16.
Barcelona Full Roster
|Marc-André ter Stegen
|Frenkie de Jong
Barcelona Starting 11 FAQ
- Who Is Barcelona’s Starting Goalkeeper?
- Who Is Barcelona’s Starting Striker?
- Who Is Barcelona’s Best Player?
Who Is Barcelona’s Starting Goalkeeper?
When healthy, Marc-André Ter Stegen is Barcelona’s full time keeper. While he’s injured, however, — as he is right now — Iñaki Peña is holding down the starting job.
Who Is Barcelona’s Starting Striker?
Robert Lewandowski is Barcelona’s starting striker. The Polish star scored 23 goals in his first season of La Liga play, and looks to keep adding to that total in support of this year’s title race.
Who Is Barcelona’s Best Player?
Lewandowski might be the biggest name on Barcelona, but Frenkie de Jong is the most consistent performer on this roster, with irreplaceable ball-controlling and playmaking abilities
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