FC Barcelona Set for Major Shake-Up: Six Key Changes Anticipated in High-Stakes Porto Showdown, According to AS Report

Joe Lee

According to AS, FC Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez is anticipated to rely on experience and implement at least six significant changes for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League matchup against Porto.

After two losses, two improbable comeback wins, and a draw in the Blaugrana’s previous five games, Xavi is under fire.

He reiterated his refusal to acknowledge that a “crisis” was occurring at the Montjuic Stadium on Saturday, when his team required a late own goal from Florian Lejeune to get a point against Rayo Vallecano.

Barca dropped to fourth place in the title race, four points behind leaders Real Madrid, as a result of the 1-1 draw.

If their Catalan neighbors defeat Athletic Club at home to regain first place, they may be as much as six points ahead of Girona by close of play on Monday night.

On Sunday, Barcelona will play their second crucial match of the La Liga season against third-place Atletico Madrid.

But at the beginning of the week, they have to focus on the continent and play Porto in a match that will almost certainly see the winner advance as the top seed in Group H of the Champions League.

Stating that his side need to make a change in “mentality” as the dust settled on the 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano, Xavi will go for broke with his more experienced players according to AS.

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