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Xavi's possible first XI: who is the most valuable player in the squad?

Xavi will be on the touchline for Barcelona coke Saturday against Espanyol in a Derby and will unveil his first team choice.


Xavi Hernandez will be having his first match in charge of Barcelona in a Catalonia Derby on Saturday against Espanyol. He took over from the sacking of Ronald Koeman and temporary oversight of Sergi Barjuan. 

Xavi actually has a difficult situation at hand in Barcelona situation at hand in Barcelona, he is expected to get the club back to the Champions League spot in the league, see to the qualification out of the Champions League group stage in the next round and make sure they progress in the other competitions.

While in Al Sadd where he started his coaching career Xavi is known for taking pride in possessive football, his team averaged over 2.5 goals per match, they are a real threat going forward with a 3-4-3 formation. Barcelona is used to a 4-3-3 formation but Xavi will follow the modern football trend.

He will prioritize his midfield and fill it with excellent midfielders such as Gavi and Pedri to coordinate the team moving forward and they will be backed up by the experienced Sergio Busquet and Frenkie de Jong. With the arrival of his former teammate Dani Alves he may be paired up front with Ansu Fati to take over the wide areas while goalscorer Memphis Depay strikes for the team. At the back will likely be Pique at the middle coordinating and Eric Garcia and Mingueza.

If young midfielder Pedri makes the starting XI, he will be Barcelona's most valuable player on that day with a market value of €80m even thought he has a release clause of €1bn

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