Samuel Umtiti starts for Barcelona in crucial trip to Osasuna

Barcelona travel to Pamplona this afternoon to lock horns with Osasuna at El Sadar in La Liga. It’s a tricky fixture – Barcelona are on a poor run of form and Osasuna are a difficult side to play at the best of times, especially at El Sadar.

Barcelona took a 3-0 beating at the hands of Bayern Munich during the week to knock them out of the Champions League, and lost 1-0 to Real Betis last weekend. They’re eighth in La Liga, six points off the top four and 16 off Real Madrid in first place. Osasuna are eleventh, just two points behind Barcelona.

Osasuna haven’t lost since the 20th of November, when they fell by a single goal to defending champions Atletico Madrid. They’ll relish the opportunity of claiming a major scalp against a Barcelona team low on confidence. Xavi’s honeymoon period is definitively over at Camp Nou – the real work begins now.

Barcelona have set up in a 3-4-3, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen starting in goal behind a back three of Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti. Sergio Busquets will anchor midfield, with Frenkie de Jong, Gavi and Nico beside him. Luuk de Jong will lead the line, flanked by Ousmane Dembele and Ez Abde.

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