FULL-TIME, Getafe 0-0 Barcelona: The first match of Barça’s season might very well turn out to be the worst, and the entire match was truly unwatchable, apart from a few moments of brilliance by Lamine Yamal. Barça get a point on the road playing with 10 men, but even that can’t be taken as a positive. This was ugly, in every sense of the word.
70’ RED CARD: Barça manager Xavi Hernández is also sent off with a straight red card.
57’ RED CARD! Getafe are also down to 10 men as Jaime Mata is shown a second yellow for a foul on Ronald Araujo and hits the showers early.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Getafe 0-0 Barcelona: Back underway in Madrid!
HALFTIME, Getafe 0-0 Barcelona: Getafe had zero interest in playing a football match and tried to be as ugly and dirty as possible against Barça. Not only did they succeed in not allowing a goal with their disgusting tactics, but they caused a Barça player to lose his head and the Catalans find themselves down to 10 men going into the second half. A very frustrating game so far. Can Barça somehow get a win out of this?
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Getafe team news
Midfielder Mauro Arambarri would need at least until the end of the month to recover from an ankle injury, with Luis Milla and Enes Unal also rendered unavailable due to injuries.
New club signings Omar Alderete and Portu are in line for their official debuts at the club, while the likes of Jose Angel Carmona and Choco Lozano also vying for a spot in the XI.
On-loan from Real Madrid, Juanmi Latasa can join Portu and Jaime Mata in the front three.
With Xavi opting for a four-man midfield system which worked to great effect last term, a previously injured Gundogan – who played only the second half in the Joan Gamper Trophy – makes a surprise return to the first XI at Gavi’s expense as Pedri takes his false left winger berth according to Mundo Deportivo.
Over at SPORT, however, they think that Gavi will start in the role and Gundogan is on the bench.
There is also a disagreement over the shock return of Andreas Christensen MD backs, whereas their main print rival have Eric Garcia partnering Jules Kounde in central defense.
Both publications agree on Araujo starting at right back, Alejandro Balde on the opposite defensive flank, and Frenkie De Jong and Oriol Romeu forming a defensive pivot partnership as Pedri is given more attacking freedom.
Further up the pitch, the general consensus is that Raphinha continues to benefit from Dembele’s departure by being deployed alongside striker Robert Lewandowski.
With Sergio Roberto benched, the 26 clean sheet hero of last season Marc-Andre ter Stegen takes the captain’s armband between the sticks.
FC Barcelona Expected Starting XI Vs. Getafe: Ter Stegen; Balde, Christensen, Kounde, Araujo; Gundogan, Romeu, De Jong; Pedri, Lewandowski, Raphinha
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