Saturday, 23 September 2017


After a season with midfielder Sergi Roberto in the right-back role, the Blaugrana signed a specialist in the summer - and he has made a superb start.

Barcelona finally have a replacement for Dani Alves. After playing Sergi Roberto out of position for much of last season and then switching to a three-man defence to hide their lack of a genuine right-back, the Catalan club signed a specialist in the summer. And Nelson Semedo has not disappointed.

The Blaugrana had originally targeted Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, but were put off by the Gunners' high valuation of their former youth product and signed Semedo instead from Benfica for a fee of around €30 million.

The Portuguese made his debut in the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu as a substitute, coming on to replace Gerard Pique for the final 40 minutes as Barca switched to four at the back and improved notably after starting with 3-5-2.

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