‘Superman’ Lewandowski to spearhead all-out Barcelona attack vs Real Madrid

Las Vegas, Nevada… more ostentatious than Gaudi and a place where Barcelona or Real Madrid are likely to have a hangover on Sunday mornings.

preseason clasicos are quickly becoming the rule rather than the exception, but that hasn’t dulled the importance of the fixture.

I mean, who doesn’t love one Classicregardless of context.

There may be more interest in this edition than usual thanks to the flood of new signings Barca have made in recent weeks.

It is also the first chance to see Robert Lewandowski – a player dubbed ‘a shiny new Polish goalscoring machine’ and ‘superman’ on the official Barça website. Blaugrana.

FC Barcelona presents Robert Lewandowski

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So, what can we expect from the encounter?

Goals, on both sides, are almost a foregone conclusion.

Barca’s defense is not yet settled and could even get one or two additions before the start of their league campaign.

To that end, the back four could sometimes compete against Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema, among others.

It is the Brazilian who is likely to cause the most trouble on Barca’s right side, and Xavi will no doubt be looking for Sergiño Dest to show a marked improvement in his understanding of the fullback’s role.

The game comes too early for César Azpilicueta, who will have to exchange Stamford Bridge for Camp Nou in the next two weeks.

Ronald Araujo can continue to cement his burgeoning reputation at the heart of the backline, and I’d be interested to see if Xavi goes with a back three before the start of this one.

Allowing a four man midfield will be overwhelming Los Blancos‘ engine room and could hold the keys to victory.

If the 4-3-3 formation is preferred, the Uruguayan has a choice of dance partners and both Eric Garcíia and Andreas Christensen can expect a new run-out.

Pedri, Gavi, Pablo Torre, Nico González, Sergio Busquets, Franck Kessie, Frenkie de Jong… the talent Xavi has at his disposal in midfield is amazing.

FC Barcelona v Inter Miami CF - Preseason Friendly

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In most cases they are young, vibrant and dynamic and are the antithesis of the aging but still excellent Modric-Kroos-Casemiro triumvirate.

Nevertheless, Carlo Ancelotti will want to see the energy that Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni will bring to that part of the field.

Up front is where Barca can really do serious damage to their eternal rivals.

Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele, Memphis Depay and Raphinha all looked sharp and interested against Inter Miami, and we should expect the same again.

The big man up front is something Barça have been lacking for a while, and I’m especially curious how well Lewandowski is being served and what he will bring to the party.

David Alaba knows Lewandowski well from their time at Bayern Munich, but even if he’s briefed his defensive colleagues on the kind of move they can expect from the striker, they’ll have to be at their best to prevent him from holding onto a debut goal. drags. .

Brace yourself…!

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