Why did Dani Alves Left Out of Barcelona 11 for the Europa League Knockout Stage?

After a very long discussion between the coaching workforce. It was determined that the Brazilian right-back Dani Alves will be discarded from Barca’s Europa League group.

Dani Alves will not remain a part of the Barcelona 11 that has taken Napoli for the Europa League Last 16 in the later phase of this month. AS USA knows that the veteran full-back is going to be a player who Xavi will choose to remove from the Europa League’s squad list. Which is to be submitted to UEFA.

“The knockout round playoffs, a club may register a maximum of three new eligible players for the remaining matches in the current competition,” Article 46 of UEFA’s rules and regulations declares that. During the January window- Adama Traore, Ferran Torres, Alves, and Xavi had to withdraw one of the four out. Barca has attained four players with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s signing now official.


Before making the final judgment, the coach placed preference on the striking positions. The squad needs scoring goals and balance or equity has been a problem this season. Those elements are essential when playing in Europe. As a result, he has chosen to comprise in the list his three new forwards and manage without a defender.

Dani Alves

Dani Alves Understands

After this morning training assembly, the coach instructed Alves of his judgment and described his reasoning. The Brazilian understood nicely and accepted and agree to the judgment. Apart from concentrating on the front positions, Xavi already has many choices for the right side. And not just only Oscar Mingueza and Sergino Dest, two players who don’t specifically have a belief in.

An option would be to play with three center-back with Adama as a wing-back and even Araujoout wide. Barca can’t be abandoned at the front as they are already short. Because of the absence of Ansu Fati, who has been out for around 10 weeks, and maybe Ousmane Dembélé also while the situation becomes clear.


Xavi is also facing trouble in counting from the two forwards of the B team- Ez Abde and Ferran Jutglà as both of them weren’t included in a B list submitted in September to UEFA. Players should have spent at least three complete seasons playing in the youth teams to be eligible for the B list which isn’t the problem for Abde or Jutgla. Last year both of them joined Barca.


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