Everything is going well for FC Barcelona and manager Xavi at the moment. The team remain unbeaten in 5 La Liga games and got their Champions League campaign off to the best start with a 5-0 thumping of Royal Antwerp.
The team is performing at a high level and part of that is based on Xavi’s move to a 4-3-3 formation which allows more forwards to get on the pitch.
Star striker Robert Lewandowski had made claims that the team were too conservative and that the lack of attacking talent was impacting their ability to score.
Scoring hasn’t been an issue recently. Barcelona have scored 10 goals in two games and their forward line of Joao Felix, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski has been in fine form.
Xavi has a lot of time for FC Barcelona forward Joao Felix’s dynamism and simplicity.
Speaking to the media before the game against Celta Vigo tomorrow. Xavi made sure to highlight the talents of Joao Felix, who’s hit the ground running after moving on loan from Athletico Madrid.
The former Benfica man has scored 3 goals in 3 games for Barca and has been involved in multiple goals, whether directly or indirectly.
His arrival has also kickstarted the season for Robert Lewandowski, who seems to be on the same page as the Portuguese forward.
"“He provides dynamism in attack. He knows when to go deep, and he knows how to play between the lines as a midfielder. When you have to play easy, he plays easy and that doesn’t just help Robert but the whole team.” said Xavi"
Despite the good run, Xavi did indicate that Barcelona will look to rotate at least two players every game, in order to keep the squad fresh, allowing them to stay competitive on several fronts.
Part of that rotation may mean Felix or Lewandowski sitting this weekend against Celta Vigo, Lewandowski in particular has played a lot of minutes to start the season. Ferran Torres is in fine form for club and country and would be the natural replacement for the former Bayern Munich striker if Xavi elects to rest him this weekend.