Lionel Messi will not be a part of Barcelona’s team in the forthcoming season, the club have confirmed on Thursday.
Barcelona President, also, went on to rule out the 34-year-old’s stay at Camp Nou beyond the summer in a press conference on Friday, saying that the Blaugrana have failed to register Lionel Messi’s new contract in compliance with the La Liga wage cap.
As a result, Chelsea have been touted as one of the likely destinations for the Argentine. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI could look like in the 2021-22 campaign with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner next season.
Option 1: Havertz As a No. 9 While Messi Starts From Right Wing
Ronald Koeman had to switch to the 3-4-3 formation from his beloved 4-3-3 set-up to get the best out of Messi last season so Leo wouldn’t find it difficult fitting in at Tuchel’s usual formation.
It’s not quite clear who’ll be playing as a false 9, Messi or Kai Havertz, but let’s leave that for the boss to decide.
Option 2: Lukaku & Messi As Double Strikers
While there’s actually little hope over Messi’s move to Stamford Bridge, it looks like Romelu Lukaku will be the one to lead Chelsea’s attacking line next term.
However, it would be no surprise to see Leo and Rom playing together in a 3-1-4-2 formation as forwards and N’Golo Kante as a single pivot.
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