Barça set to debut their new attacking trident in the United States

Ernesto Valverde could unleash Dembele, Luis Suarez and Griezmann against Napoli

 Luis Suárez salió en la segunda parte y marcó el gol de la victoria en el Trofeo Joan Gamper | @FCBarcelona

In the early hours of Thursday morning, FC Barcelona will make their debut on the US tour against Napoli.

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It would allow Ernesto Valverde to test out new players and systems ahead of the LaLiga opener against Athletic Club. However, once again, it'll be another tour without Lionel Messi to call upon. The Argentine star picked up an injury in his first training session back and remains a major doubt for the start of the league season.

This means Valverde could unleash a new-look attacking trident on the Italian side in at least one of the two matches this week. Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann have been involved since the beginning of preseason but now Luis Suarez is back, it could be time to put all three together. 

Yet to play a single minute together so far

Griezmann and Dembele both started against Arsenal in the Gamper Trophy. Valverde could have thrown on Luis Suarez in that match and tested out the three together but the Uruguayan ended up replacing Dembele instead. Suarez grabbed the winner in the match.

Griezmann y Dembélé deben formar, junto a Suárez, el nuevo tridente  | VALENTÍ ENRICH

It makes sense that Valverde would like to give the three time out on the pitch together, especially with Messi unlikely to be ready for a couple of weeks yet. Suarez would play down the middle with Griezmann and Dembele on either side. It's worth remembering that the former Atletico striker has played largely as a 'false nine' which could see Suarez drift slightly wide.

Guaranteed goals

The trio won't be lacking in firepower, that's for sure. Suarez and Griezmann are regular goalscorers at club and international level but Dembele has shown he's capable of scoring important goals. 

Last season the three scored a combined 44 goals between them. Suarez hit 21, Griezmann - who didn't have his best season - scored 15 (in 37) and Dembele grabbed 8 (in 29).

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