Barcelona is known for having some of the most dominant midfielders in the world. Clearly, they will need to be at their very best against Ajax if the Catalan club is to leave the Camp Nou with a well-deserved three points.
Sergio Busquets will be one of the first names on the team sheet as he is arguably the best defensive midfielder in the game and has earned the right to start every match for Barcelona.
However, the remaining two midfield spots in the starting lineup are really up in the air at this point.
Cesc Fabregas has been in electrifying form since the start of the new season giving four assists already and averaging over three key passes per game.
Xavi has paired up several times with Fabregas already this season but has surprisingly been upstaged by his Catalan counterpart. The 33-year-old has already scored a goal this season but has only created seven scoring chances without having an assist.
The last midfielder in the running to start against Ajax is Spanish World Cup hero Andres Iniesta.
If this were last season there would be no question about Iniesta as he was the best player on the Barcelona squad not named Lionel Messi. But the 29-year-old has not been in his best form this season.
It is most likely that Fabregas will be in the starting lineup as Barcelona will need his direct style of play and creativity to create chances.
Xavi may be in better form than Iniesta at this point but that will not earn him a starting place.
Iniesta’s ability to link up with the forwards is incredible and will pair up well with the creativity of Fabregas.