Soccer

Barcelona to play its first game post-Messi

Barcelona will play Real Sociedad in LaLiga’s first fixture of the 2021-22 season and Barcelona will see how they fare in this new post-Messi era.

It’s a new team without Leo Messi at Barcelona, but coach Ronald Koeman is confident in the team he has. On Saturday, it was confirmed that Memphis Defat, Eric Farcia, and Rey Manaj would register with Barcelona and it’s likely Depay will start on Sunday.

Koeman will have to decide whether to use Yusuf Demir or Martin Braithwaite in the attack, but it’s likely he’ll choose Demir as he’s had an impressive preseason.

Goalie Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is still out recovering from surgery, so we’ll see Neto starting at goal.

Here is what we can expect the Barcelona lineup to look like:

Neto

Sergino Dest

Gerard Pique

Ronald Araujo

Jordi Alba

Sergi Roberto

Sergio Busquets

Frenkie de Jong

Antoine Griezmann

Memphis Depay

Yusuf Demir.