Madrid : FC Barcelona will continue their challenge for the title this season when they visit Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals on Thursday.

Coach Xavi Hernandez is without Sergio Dest and forward Memphis Depay despite injury, while Luc de Jong also missed last weekend after testing positive for Covid-19 and Dani Alves was not included in Barca’s squad for Europe. was done.

Meanwhile Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umeti and Anu Fati, who have also been in Barcelona to continue their recovery process, have been absent for a long time.

Alves’ absence is a problem for Xavi, who will probably have to take on the role of Oscar Mingueza, who doesn’t seem to be part of the coach’s plans, while he could do some twisting in the central defense with Eric Garcia. For Ronald Araujo.

The club and Araujo are close to an agreement for the Uruguay defender to extend his contract with the club and a new deal could be signed in the coming days after several months of discussions, reports Xinhua news agency. Huh.

Negotiations are also underway with winger Ousmane Dembele, who stepped out the door in January after a new contract was rejected. Xavi has maintained faith in the Frenchman, despite many wanting the winger to be left in the stands for the rest of the season and the coach has been rewarded with a series of impressive performances.

Barca’s 1-0 win over Sevilla over the weekend propelled them into second place in LaLiga with an excellent goal from Pedri and the 18-year-old will again be Barca’s focal point in Germany.

Eintracht are currently ninth in the Bundesliga and Barca should be seen as the clear favourites, but the German side showed when they knocked out Betis in the final round that they are a dangerous side at the break and Barca needed no need for concentration. Errors should also be avoided.