Barcelona is scary again. Former player now manager Xavi corrected course for the Catalan club last season and now has the roster to go for titles. The potential Barcelona starting XI 2022-23 lineup is not only filthy, but has incredible depth.
Barcelona has added new players to the defense, midfield and attack during the summer transfer window. The colossal addition of Robert Lewandowski attracts the most attention but don’t let it distract you from the other new faces joining Barcelona.
Here’s what Xavi could let loose against LaLiga next season if everyone is healthy.
Potential Barcelona Starting XI 2022-23
Let’s work from the bottom up. In goal is Marc-André ter Stegen who doesn’t show any signs of going anywhere. His defense has been bolstered with the free signing of Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen.
The new guys, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie pic.twitter.com/Ng1jAKzcWa— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 11, 2022
The latest addition to Barcelona's squad is Sevilla's Jules Koundé. Barcelona and Chelsea were in a race to sign the center back, but in the end the Catalan club came out victorious.
Jules Koundé to Barcelona, here we go! Verbal agreement now in place with Sevilla after the long saga and further negotiations today, waiting to get it signed soon. #FCBJules Koundé agreed personal terms with Barça last weekend, contract ready. Xavi, key factor again. pic.twitter.com/eX2jeVPheF
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 27, 2022
As for Christensen, the Danish center back was a force for Chelsea and should make the Barça defense firmer. He might not be the only Blue coming to Spotify Camp Nou as César Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are both linked to Barcelona. Chelsea has its own potential starting XI situation going on.
Barcelona and Chelsea are in direct contact with new round of talks now scheduled to discuss about César Azpilicueta. Barça want to speed up the negotiation. #FCBAzpi, waiting for club’s agreement as Barça contract proposal is into his hands since March: deal until 2024. pic.twitter.com/okDgo5ANHV
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 19, 2022
The starting midfield contains all players from last season. Sergio Busquets will team up with the Spanish phenoms Gavi and Pedri. An argument could be made for new signing from AC Milan Franck Kessié to challenge for a starting spot over the ageing Busquets. The one big rumor floating around is if Barcelona can snag Bernardo Silva from Manchester City.
Bernardo Silva's transfer to Barcelona is still a possibility if the club can complete the sale of Frenkie De Jong and the sale of Barça studios.
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) July 19, 2022
Up top is where a fan could go to town with the variations. Lewandowski is set to light LaLiga up, but the question will be who joins him in the attack?
— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) July 18, 2022
Will the established Barcelona players keep their spots or will the newcomers like Raphinha get the gig? Barcelona splashed the cash on Raphinha for a reported $66.8 million so clearly the club sees something in the Brazilian. Finishing the attacking trident is hopefully a healthy Ansu Fati who had his last season cut to just 13 appearances due to a hamstring injury.
The depth of this Barcelona roster is insane. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Memphis Depay, Ferran Torres and many more haven’t even been mentioned yet. It will be interesting to see if Aubameyang and Lewandowski will compete for a spot or be used together as a strike partnership.
If Xavi doesn’t want to send out the potential starting XI listed above, then here’s an alternative he could go with that includes Azpilicueta and Koundé.
Potential Barcelona Starting XI 2022-23 Option B