French duo Dembélé and Koundé the last hope for FC Barcelona at the 2022 World Cup

French duo Dembélé and Koundé the last hope for FC Barcelona at the 2022 World Cup

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Barça, the club with the most players in the current edition of the World Cup, only has one bullet left to lift the trophy through one of their players.

At the 2022 World Cup, FC Barcelona have registered a record number of players and have become the club with the most representation in the history of the competition.

The last-minute call-up of Alejandro Balde to replace the injured José Luis Gayà brought to 17 the number of Barcelona players who travelled to Asia with the aim of becoming world champions.

With the elimination of Brazil and the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the tournament, however, only two Barça players remain with a chance of tasting the sweetness of success.

They are France's Ousmane Dembélé and Jules Koundé.

Barça reached the quarter-finals with only five players, but Raphinha (Brazil), Memphis and De Jong (Netherlands) lost on penalties. They join the group of eliminated Barça players that included Araujo (Uruguay), Christensen (Denmark) and Ter Srtegen (Germany).

The vast majority of the blaugranas were eliminated in the Round of 16. The Spaniards (Busquets, Alba, Gavi, Pedri, Ferran, Ansu, Eric and Balde) and Lewandowski (Poland) did not make it past the first knockout round.

Dembélé and Koundé are therefore the only Barça players who can still lift the most prestigious trophy in world football.

They will not have it easy, not by a long shot: this evening, at 20.00 [CEST], France and England will play for a ticket to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Four hours earlier, Morocco will play Portugal, a match in which the Catalan club will be keeping a close eye on an attacker who is currently on loan at Osasuna: Abde.

Barça have one and a half bullets left to celebrate the World Cup success.

Meanwhile, the rest of Xavi's squad are already working at the Ciutat Esportiva to prepare for the second half of the 2022/23 season, which will be very demanding.

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