One of the major factors ahead of the game is the absence of Xavi and Iniesta in the team. As you know, Don Andres has been injured for a number of weeks now. The Catalan media says that he may be pushing himself to be available on Sunday; I don't see that happening though. As for Xavi, he was yellow-carded for the 5th time during the match against Sevilla, which means he is banned for the Valladolid game. Not good.
Now it's time for Guardiola to re-arrange the team. And we all know he is capable of doing it - Let's not forget that Pep is an expert when it comes to experimenting with his squad. I think the best option is to play Busquets, Yaya Toure and Keita in midfield, with Messi and Pedro in the wings. I would also give Ibrahimovic another chance to prove himself as a striker, at least for the first half anyway - If he doesn't perform well, I'm sure Bojan can come on and change the game.
Who would YOU play if you were Guardiola?
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