The painful, shaking 4-1 loss in midweek duty against Celta Vigo certainly hurt Barcelona, but it's time to move on. The players and coaches have probably watched film of Wednesday's disaster and will make the necessary changes to make sure that night won't happen again. A good chance to bounce back is to come back home and comfortably beat a relegation candidate, and this is exactly what awaits us on Saturday, when the Blaugrana face Las Palmas at Camp Nou.
Does that mean making personnel changes? One will happen for sure. Jordi Alba returns from injury and is the clear best left-back on the team. Sandro Ramírez will also be back from a bruised leg, and he might play if there are rotations coming.
Here's a draft of what the starting lineup might be:
Alves - Piqué - Bartra - Alba
Rakitic - Mascherano - Iniesta
Messi - Suárez - Munir
It's a rotation lineup, and here's a few ideas for it: there are two very important games coming up against Bayer Leverkusen and Sevilla next week, and players like Sergio Busquets and Neymar are more than necessary for those clashes, and resting them against a weaker team is important. Marc Bartra is great against the bottom half of the Spanish League, and he could use some more minutes at center-back, alongside a Gerard Piqué who was terrible in Vigo but needs more starts to get back on track after missing games with suspension. Munir El-Haddadi can't finish chances, but he should get the nod ahead of Sandro if Neymar is rested. Claudio Bravo is pushing for a return, but he is unlikely to start, which means we're stuck with Ter Stegen again.
We asked our community to pick their favorite lineup, and the poll resulted in this XI:
4-3-3: Stegen; Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Who do you think Luis Enrique will choose? After a tough loss, changes can happen. Will they?