Barca coach fires warning to rivals

28 September 2021 00:33:06 GMTPlus11
Pique overseen a tough start for Barca

Barcelona coach Alfred Schreuder says his team will be very strong once they have all their players back from injury.

It has been a chaotic start to the season for La Blaugrana as financial turmoil has seen the departure of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann among others, though they can still be backed at 8/1 to reclaim the La Liga title.

Fati return boosts Barca

A lack of firepower this season has seen Barca stumble out of the blocks in La Liga. They do remain unbeaten after six games, but three draws mean they sit sixth in the table.

So far, the Catalan giants have had to cope with a skeletal squad due to several players being out injured.

Exciting young forward Ansu Fati made his comeback after nearly a year out through injury in the 3-0 win against Levante on Sunday and marked the occasion by scoring a goal.

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Sergio Aguero is still awaiting his debut after signing on a free transfer from Manchester City while Spanish duo Pedri and Jordi Alba have both had periods out injured.

Schreuder, one of beleaguered manager Ronald Koeman's right-hand men, is confident his team can shine once they are back to full strength.

"I think that if all the players are in form, we will have a fantastic starting lineup and we will have options," he said.

"For now, those who are there give the best they can. Pedri will return soon. We will have a potent starting lineup when everyone is available."

Barcelona are in Champions League action on Wednesday as they take a trip to Benfica, looking to respond to the 3-0 home humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich in the first group game.

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