Xavi immediately brought Jules Kunde back to the Barcelona squad for Sunday’s Clasico against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Kunde, an up-and-coming player from Sevilla, returned to training earlier this week after recovering from a hamstring problem suffered while with France in September.
His return to the starting XI, which marks his Clásico debut, came at the expense of Gerard Pique, who was at fault for one of Inter’s goals in Wednesday’s 3-3 draw in the Champions League, leaving Barça on the verge of early departure. from the competition.
Frenkie de Jong also joined the team, replacing Gavi, while Marcos Alonso made way for Alejandro Balde at left-back.
Xavi was left with the same three strikers as against Inter, with Ousmane Dembele and Rafinha from the flanks of Robert Lewandowski, the latter two, like Kunde, making their Clasico debuts.
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Lewandowski scored six goals in eight encounters with Real Madrid, all in the Champions League, making him the player with the most goals against Real Madrid in that competition’s history.
Sergio Busquets, meanwhile, will equal Francisco Gento (21 wins) as the player with the most wins in Clasico history in all competitions if Barca win.
Carlo Ancelotti could not call up goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who did not have time to recover from injury and play for the hosts, so Andrei Lunin retained his place.
Otherwise, Ancelotti was able to name what many would consider to be the best XI led by Karim Benzema who scored 20 goals in 38 Clasico, a record only broken by Lionel Messi (40) in the 21st century.