Barcelona fans are eager to know if Joao Felix’s UCL substitution was a strategic move to preserve him for the ElClásico
Barcelona’s performance against Shakhtar Donetsk was characterized by efficiency and a commitment to meeting expectations. This act has secured an unblemished record in the Champions League group stage.
This commanding victory served as an ideal preparation for the imminent El Clasico showdown. However, the composition of the starting eleven remains uncertain amidst the club’s injury predicament.
Head Coach Xavi Hernandez is faced with a complex line-up selection with key players like Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Robert Lewandowski, and Raphinha under injury clouds, Xavi continues to balance his youthful La Masia prodigies with the experienced players in the squad.
The situation surrounding Joao Felix’s substitution during the game can be referred to as a calculated risk taken by Xavi who allowed the Portuguese player to remain on the field for an extended duration despite Barcelona holding a commanding 2-0 lead and this decision to persist with Felix certainly came under scrutiny.
Xavi faces an abundance of youthful options for his starting line-up, but the treatment room is replete with experienced injured personnel. Joao Felix would have been a potential addition to this injury list as he had a muscular issue luckily, it was deemed minor which alleviated any concerns. Joao said:
“I’m fine. It was just a little knock. Now I’ll recover and that’s it.”
With the highly anticipated El Clasico on the horizon, the spotlight has turned to the importance of meticulous player management and strategic decision-making in the lead-up to such an important fixture.