FC Barcelona welcomes Athletic Bilabao this Sunday at 9 p.m., on the occasion of the 11th day of La Liga (a match to follow live with commentary on FM). The Catalans are second, six points behind Real, winner last night of Sevilla (3-1) and must win so as not to let the Madrid rival escape. The residents of Camp Nou remain on a large victory obtained in the week against Villarreal. Opposite, the Basque team made a good start to the season and ranked sixth (18 points). Tuesday, Ernesto Valverde’s men conceded a draw on the lawn of Getafe (2-2).
To get back within reach of the Merengue, Xavi chose to change his device and organize his team in 4-4-2. Dembélé returns to the starting 11 and will accompany Lewandowski in attack. Behind them, we find in the middle a quartet composed of Busquets, Pedri, Gavi and De Jong. In defense, Sergi Roberto, Koundé, Christensen and Baldé will protect Ter Stegen’s cage. On the other side, Athletic Bilbao starts in 4-2-3-1 with the trio Zarraga, Berenguer, Nico Williams in support of Inaki Williams.
FC Barcelona : Ter Stegen – Roberto, Garcia, Koundé, Baldé – Pedri, Busquets, De Jong, Gavi – Lewandowski, Dembélé
Athletic Bilbao : Unai Simon – De Marcos, Yeray, Martinez, Berchiche – Herrera, Vesga – Nico Williams, Zarraga, Berenguer – Inaki Williams