Rest Dembele: 2 changes Ernesto Valverde should make for PSV gameSeptember 18, 2018
We take a look at two changes we believe Ernesto Valverde could make for the Champions League opener with PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday evening.
With Barca’s league run getting off to the best possible start, winning four games out of four thus far – and they are now preparing for a Champions League campaign, which they hope will end in success.
A tough and hard fought win over Real Sociedad at bogey ground, Anoeta, at the weekend saw the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez put in an incredible amount of effort – following a busy international break.
Dembele has been in fine form and he has somewhat silenced his critics from last season with his important goals this season.
However, it may be the time for Valverde to rest him against Dutch side PSV on Tuesday evening and protect him from a possible burn out.
Whilst the youngster did not play much for France in the World Cup this summer, he was included and after their success in Russia – his celebratory moments with the national side – led straight into pre-season and then, into Barca’s league campaign.
Vidal could get his first Barca start of the season
Chilean midfielder Vidal was a shock signing for Barca this summer but his experience could prove vital this season.
Yet to make a league start, Vidal could replace Dembele in the starting eleven and hand Lionel Messi a little bit more of an attacking role; something the Argentine did not have against La Real at the weekend.
Philippe Coutinho could start instead though, and would be the preferred choice alongside Suarez and Messi in the front three.
The mainstays of Valverde’s side – Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic are all expected to remain in the starting eleven.