Alexis Sánchez lays down gauntlet to Pedro for first team place

Alexis Sánchez has well and truly laid down the gauntlet to Pedro for a place in Barca’s starting lineup. After proving himself in the final stretch of last season, except for the tie against Bayern, the Chilean’s season is continuing where it left off.

Martino has two irreplaceable players up front in the shape of Messi and Neymar and Alexis could be joining them. More on Alexis Sanchez

Advantage Alexis: Sánchez looks certain to be in first eleven

With the new season ready to get under on Saturday it seems that Tata Martino has found his first eleven. With three possible players pushing for the same position up front with Messi and Neymar, it seems that Alexis Sánchez has the edge to make the first eleven on Saturday against Levante at the Nou Camp. More on Alexis Sánchez