DANI ALVES has been AXED from Barcelona’s Europa League squad due to strict competition rules.
The defender, 38, re-joined the Spanish giants in December but has had limited opportunities so far, playing primarily in the cups.
Dani Alves has been left out of Barcelona’s Europa League squad
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late arrival means he takes the last place in the squad
And Alves will have to settle for domestic minutes moving forward as he has been left out of the Europa League squad, following Barcelona’s announcement.
That is because Barcelona are only allowed to register three new players, which are Ferran Torres, Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The trio all arrived in the recent transfer window and have been preferred by boss Xavi over Alves.
The Barcelona manager is said to want more attacking options in his squad to nick goals in tight knockout matches.
And since Traore can also operate as a right wing-back, Alves was the obvious candidate to sit out.
Xavi can also call upon first-choice right-back Sergino Dest while Oscar Mingueza has also filled in as back-up when needed.
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Barcelona announced the Aubamayeng signing on Wednesday and they will hope he can provide the goals to overcome Napoli in the round of 32.
Xavi will have to work out how to play to the striker’s strengths after claiming he would not be a good fit at the Nou Camp two years ago.
The Barca boss must also decide what to do with Ousmane Dembele following his breakdown in contract talks.
The club have made it clear they wish to get rid of the winger but Dembele recently committed himself to the club in a public statement.
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By: Kealan Hughes
Title: Dani Alves sacrificed from Barcelona’s Europa League squad with new signings Aubameyang, Traore and Torres named
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17523443/dani-alves-barcelona-aubameyang-traore-torres/
Published Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2022 16:52:49 +0000