After comfortably seeing off Villarreal 5-1 on Wednesday evening, Barcelona return to action with a trip down Spain’s east coast on Sunday evening when they visit Levante.
A rotated side to the one that managed to keep Real Madrid at bay despite going down to 10 men early in the second half was boss Ernesto Valverde’s selection in midweek; however, the 54-year-old could revert to type this weekend.
So ahead of the contest, let’s take a look at the Catalonian’s best possible XI.
?Jasper Cillessen recorded his first start in La Liga this season on Wednesday evening; however, Sunday is expected to see the return of Marc-Andre ter Stegen in between the sticks.
The German has managed to keep 18 cleans sheets in the league so far this season but has failed to record a single shutout in his last six games – something the 26-year-old will want to alter this weekend.
With Sergi Roberto suspended after seeing red following a clash with Marcelo in Barcelona’s 2-2 El Clasico draw with Real Madrid last weekend, Nelson Semedo is expected to keep his place from midweek at right back.
Meanwhile, Samuel Umtiti is unlikely to return from a knee injury which ruled him out of the Villarreal win, and with Thomas Vermaelen featuring on Wednesday, Yerry Mina could be called upon this time around.
Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta are expected to be the only survivors in the middle of the park from the win over Villarreal for the trip to Levante on Sunday, with Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho tipped to replace Paulinho and Ousmane Dembele on the flanks.
Iniesta will continue his long farewell from his boyhood club, with this fixture being his penultimate outing for Blaugrana.
After netting yet again in midweek, Lionel Messi all but secure this season’s European golden shoe award.
The 30-year-old currently leads the way in goals, assists, shots, chances created and successful dribbles in La Liga, and it would not be surprising to see the Argentine add to those statistics on Sunday. ?