With the transfer window done and all Barcelona’s new signings officially registered with La Liga, Xavi can focus solely on football when he takes his side to Sevilla on Saturday.
A few players have gone and a few more have come in, and Xavi will hope his squad is strong enough to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and add a third consecutive victory.
They’re facing a Sevilla side who have had a torrid time of things so far this season, with just one point from three games nowhere near good enough for a squad of their quality.
Here’s all you need to know about this one.
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Sevilla vs Barcelona H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Sevilla: 1 Win
Barcelona: 3 Wins
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Sevilla team news
Karim Rekik is unlikely to feature at the back after joining Marcao and Jesus Corona on the treatment table.
There will also be no sign of Lucas Ocampos, whose rollercoaster move to Ajax eventually went through.
Marcos Acuna is available after serving his suspension.
Sevilla Starting 11: Bono; Navas, Nianzou, Carmona, Acuna; Jordan, Fernando, Delaney; Lamela, Mir, Gomez
Bench: Dmitrovic, Flores, Carmona, Montiel, Gudelj, Rakitic, Isco, En-Nesyri, Munir, Telles, Torres, Jordan
Barcelona team news
Sergino Dest, Martin Braithwaite and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all departed on Deadline Day, with Hector Bellerin the only confirmed arrival so far. The right-back will likely start on the bench, while Marcos Alonso may have to wait for his firs involvement after signing on Friday evening.
As for injuries, Andreas Christensen should recover from his illness to feature in some capacity, giving Xavi as close to a full squad as he could want.
Barcelona Starting 11: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Garcia, Balde; Gavi, Busquets, Pedri; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Dembele
Bench: Pena, Tenas, Pique, Alba, Roberto, Pjanic, Kessie, De Jong, Fati, Torres, Depay, Bellerin
Normally, this fixture is a tough one to predict, but 2022/23 Sevilla look nothing like their normal selves.
Whether it’s the loss of both Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos or something else entirely, Julen Lopetegui has a whole lot to figure out to get Sevilla firing once again.
Barcelona are already going strong, bouncing back from their opening day draw with two wins and eight goals, so they’ll fancy their chances of piling on Sevilla’s misery here.
Prediction: Sevilla 0-2 Barcelona