A home game between Barcelona against Granada at Camp Nou on Monday (1/20) will certainly draw attention. Because it will be Quique Setien’s debut after replacing Ernesto Valverde. Moreover, quite a lot of people are curious as to what their chosen tactics are.
Predicting the composition of the players that Setien will choose in his inaugural match becomes an interesting thing to do. Having a great squad, the former Real Betis coach is likely to experience a dilemma. Especially with the absence of several players.
There are several factors that Setien must consider before choosing his troops, such as fatigue, injury, and suspension. This might present a surprise where Riqui Puig will perform from the start.
Frenkie de Jong was banned from appearing due to suspension. While Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez are still injured. On the other hand, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Arthur Melo have returned to training. The German goalkeeper had missed two games due to a right knee injury.
However, it is uncertain whether Ter Stegen is ready to serve again under the crossbar. This is certainly an input for Setien. Whether to risk playing it or choosing Neto as Valverde did in previous matches.
For the backline, Setien is believed to be doing a massive rotation. Sergi Roberto may be more favored than Nelson Semedo. Because Roberto gets the freedom to better control the ball.
Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet also had a large chance of being paired to guard the defense. That means Samuel Umtiti has the potential to be reserved. While Jordi Alba is believed to be guarding the left side. In fact, there are still Junior Firpo who are also eligible to fill that position.
Regarding Puig, the 20-year-old midfielder might just fill the midfield. Plus the presence of Arthur Melo, Setien still has to choose two more players to wait for Sergio Busquets. Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic could be an option.
While in the front row, Setien could not lower the Barcelona trident. The thing is, Suarez still needs to rest. In other words, Ansu Fati has the opportunity to collaborate with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.