'Coutinho should start!': our users pick their ultimate XI vs Athletic
- Today, Barca face Athletic Bilbao in our first game of the regular season.
- Most users think Barca should use the 4-4-2 formation with Coutinho on the left.
Yesterday, we asked you what starting XI should Ernesto Valverde use in the La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao.
As it turns out, most of our users want to see Coutinho on the pitch and suggest the Blaugrana should line up in a 4-4-2 formation with the Brazilian midfielder occupying the left side.
THE WINNER - Option 3: 4-4-2 with Coutinho on the left
Most of our users want to see Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho play together. There are not many ways to complete this task for Ernesto Valverde so why not to opt for a 4-4-2 formation that brought him success in his first season with Barca?
Here is what our users say:
THE RUNNER-UP - Option 1: 4-3-3 with De Jong and Busquets starting
This one should make our midfield controlling the ball round the clock. The same scheme worked pretty well against Napoli last week - albeit with a younger midfielder - there is no reason for it to stop working at San Mames.
Here is what Barca fans were saying in the comments about it:
The last place - Option 2: 4-3-3 with De Jong as a defensive midfielder
What option have you choose?