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Atletico vs Barca: How Barca could line up without injured players.

Ahead of tonight's game against Athletico Madrid, Ronald Koeman’s men have been dealt another blow after promising youngster Pedri Gonzalez suffered an injury relapse.

Pedri joins the trio of Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele, and Sergio Aguero in the club's current injury list.

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The absence of these players is surely a big blow for Ronald Koeman. However, the Dutchman will have to think of other ways to set up his side for the crucial game.

In this article, we'll be looking at the possible way the Catalan giants could line up tonight. Check it out below:

Formation

After the failure recorded by the 3-5-2 formation in the game against Benfica, Ronald Koeman is likely to revert to the usual 4-3-3 formation.

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Goalkeeper

Despite an unconvincing performance against Benfica last Wednesday, Marc Andre Ter Stegen is expected to retain his place in the goal ahead of Neto.

Neto doesn't seem to have the quality to replace Ter Stegen in a match of this caliber.

Defense

First-choice left-back Jordi Alba, who just returned from injury, is expected to start in his usual position while Sergino Dest plays as a right-back.

Following Eric Garcia's abysmal performance against Benfica, the duo of Ronald Araujo and Gerard Pique is likely to be used as central defenders.

Midfield

With the absence of Pedri Gonzalez and the lack of trust in Riqui Puig, another promising youngster Gavi is expected to start in the attacking-midfield spot while Sergio Busquets and Frenkie De Jong keep their places in the middle of the park.

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Attack

Ansu Fati could be fit to make his first start since his return from injury. As such, he could be used as a left-winger with Memphis Depay and Yusuf Demir occupying the center-forward and right-wing forward positions respectively.

Here's an illustration of the possible lineup below:

Photo credit: Hard Tackle.

Key Stats

- Diego Simeone’s men have not lost any of their last three games with the Catalan giants in La Liga (W1 D2).

- As for Ronald Koeman’s side, they are unbeaten in their six matches in La Liga this season (W3 D3).

Tell us what you think about the lineup in the comments section below.

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