El Clasico: Andres Iniesta picks his Barcelona XI to face Real Madrid at Camp Nou

Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Gavi

The first Clasico of the 2021/22 season takes place on Sunday afternoon as Barcelona welcome Real Madrid to the Camp Nou.

It’s been a very disappointing season for Ronald Koeman’s side so far.

Going into the game, Barca are seventh in the La Liga table having won just four of their opening eight games.

Regardless of their problems off the pitch, that’s simply not good enough for a club of Baca’s size.

Thus, it’s a massively important game for Barca and they desperately need all three points against their fierce rivals.

But who should start for Barca?



Andres Iniesta is still playing football in Japan with Vissel Kobe.

He’s been keeping track of his former club’s progress though and he shared the XI he would play against Real on Sunday. View his XI below…


GK: Marc-André ter Stegen

RB: Oscar Mingueza

CB: Gerard Pique

CB: Eric Garcia

LB: Jordi Alba

CM: Sergio Busquets

CM: Frenkie de Jong

CM: Gavi

RW: Sergino Dest

LW: Memphis Depay

ST: Ansu Fati

Andres Iniesta has selected his Barcelona XI to take on Real Madrid

With Ronald Araujo suffering from a hamstring injury, Iniesta thinks Garcia should partner Pique in the centre of defence.

Iniesta prefers to start the duo ahead of Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti.

The Barca legend thinks that Mingueza should start at right-back ahead of his former teammate, Sergi Roberto.

With Pedri unavailable, Iniesta has gone with a midfield three of Busquets, De Jong and Gavi.

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While he thinks Dest, who is primarily a right-back, should play in a front three with Fati and Depay.

That means Iniesta thinks both Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Aguero should start the game from the bench.

It’s a lineup that has gone down well with Barca fans. View some reaction to Iniesta’s preferred XI below…


Time will tell whether Iniesta’s lineup will look similar to Ronald Koeman’s.

Regardless, the Dutchman needs a result against Real – or he could well lose his position as Barca manager.

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