Friday 17 January 2020
Kiki Seitan will appear for the first time as Barcelona coach next Sunday at the Camp Nou stadium in a seemingly affordable match against Granada.
The match, which takes place at the start of the second round of the Spanish League, will make the difference at the start of the new coach with Barcelona after he failed in the league draw with Espanyol, then bid farewell to the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid.
A Spanish newspaper, Sport, close to Barcelona, said that one of the surprises that could happen in the match is the participation of the young player Ricard Puig.
The new Barcelona coach will not be able to rely on midfielder Frankie de Young due to the suspension, nor will Frenchman Othmane Dembele have the injury, in addition to Luis Luis Suarez, who will be absent for a long time.
Expectations indicate the possibility of Andre Marc Terre Stegen to return to guard the team’s goal, in addition to the Brazilian Artur Melo, who returned to full training with the rest of the team.
Ter Stegen’s return
The German goalkeeper missed Barcelonas match against Espanyol and then Atletico Madrid due to a knee injury, and the new coach is looking into the possibility of participating again in the next match.
Expectations are that the new coach will make adjustments in the defense line with Serge Roberto as a right-back defender instead of Simedo, in search of greater possession of the ball and a better move from back to front.
It will be the closest at the center of the bilateral defense Gerard Pique and Linglee that Umtiti is the first alternative for either, while Jordi Alba will play in the center of the left defender, bearing in mind that Cittin knows well Junior Verbo where he has trained him before.
The element of surprise
The element of surprise will be the expected role of the young player Ricard Bouygues, since the player with the first team since Sittin took over the team, in addition to the absence of de Jong to stop, will give him an advantage in participation.
With Artur Melo suffering for a while due to injury over recent weeks, the main question will be whether Cettin will depend on Artur Vidal or Ivan Rakitic besides Sergio Busquets.
The options seem settled in the offensive line, as Leo Messi, of course, guarantees a primary position alongside the advantage of Antoine Griezmann and the young player Anso Fate.