The Barcelona coach will see a lot of his players leave to go on international duty
In November comes.... another international break. The third of the season. Barcelona will lose a lot of their players, and coach Ronald Koeman will be left with nine first teamers to work with.
Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets will go with Spain, who have three games in 10 days, a friendly v Holland and then Nations League matches v Switzerland and Germany.
Ansu Fati had been called up but injury means he will be out for those matches and he will have surgery on his knee in Barcelona. Pedri is with Spain U21s, along with Barca B stopper Inaki Pena.
France are taking Griezmann and Lenglet, De Jong is with Holland, Trincao to Portugal and Pjanic called by Bosnia. Dest is with the USA, along with Konrad de la Fuente, and Braithwaite goes to Denmark. Leo Messi will be with Argentina.
That leaves Koeman with Ter Stegen, who, recently back from injury, will not go with Germany, along with Neto, Alba, Riqui Puig, Dembele, Alena, Pique, Junior Firpo and Matheus. Injured players Coutinho, Umtiti and Araujo will keep working on their comebacks.