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Before the break in the season, Barcelona were in a spot of bother with their attacking options.

The long-term injury to Ousmane Dembele had forced them to sign Martin Braithwaite in an emergency, while Luis Suarez was also an absentee after undergoing knee surgery.

Now, the picture is very different, as Quique Setien tries to solve a problem he didn’t expect to have: an abundance of options up front.

With the MSG trident of Lionel Messi, Suarez and Antoine Griezmann all fit, it seems as though Braithwaite and Ansu Fati will have to wait in the wings for chances.

However, judging by their performances in Barcelona’s opening two games back, it looks difficult to leave them both out.

The lack of fitness and match sharpness of Suarez has allowed both Braithwaite and Ansu Fati to play since the season’s resumption.

The former netted his first Barcelona goal against Real Mallorca before the latter scored the opener against Leganes at the Camp Nou.

Their displays and roles in two positive results means Setien has the unenviable task of balancing his forwards’ minutes so as not to upset any of them.

“All the attacking players I have are going to be rotated,” the Barcelona boss said.

“I hope to be able to give them all the highest number of minutes as possible.”

Setien means well with his intentions to rotate his attacking players, but he’ll have a problem leaving players out for big games.

The first standout fixture of their remaining matches is on Friday, when they travel to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to play Sevilla.

Whoever is left out of the starting line-up on the big occasion isn’t going to be happy, but Griezmann is one player that needn’t worry about that.

The Frenchman hasn’t been on top form in his last two appearances, but he seems to have the full trust of his coach.

For Setien, Griezmann is undroppable, even though he’s not a prolific goalscorer in Barcelona colours.

“It’s not easy to play there, but I value other things,” Setien said about the former Atletico Madrid man.

“Antoine does other things that we benefit from.”



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