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Barça Atlètic eyes promotion to second division with Mikayil Faye’s return

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FC Barcelona Atlètic, the reserve team of the storied Catalan club, is poised for a critical play-off final against Córdoba, with a coveted spot in Spain’s Second Division on the line. The return of the young Senegalese defender, Mikayil Faye, who was absent during the semi-finals, boosts their chances significantly.

Faye’s National Duty

Mikayil Faye, a 19-year-old rising star, was called up to the Senegal national team in June. This commitment kept him out of the crucial semi-final matches against UD Ibiza, where his defensive prowess was sorely missed.

Despite his absence, Rafa Marquez’s squad managed to secure a place in the final, showcasing their resilience and depth.

Faye’s national team call-up saw him travel for Senegal’s World Cup qualifiers against DR Congo and Mauritania.

Although he did not get playing time in these matches, his experience at the international level is invaluable.

Returning to his club duties, Faye will rejoin Barça Atlètic’s training sessions starting Thursday, just in time for the decisive clash against Córdoba.

Key Return for Crucial Matches

Throughout the regular season, Barça Atlètic faced numerous challenges, including the frequent absence of key players.

However, the return of Mikayil Faye, a cornerstone of their defense, comes as a significant boost.

Faye’s presence in the backline will be critical as the team gears up to host Córdoba at the Johan Cruyff Stadium on Sunday, June 16.

The second leg of the final will take place a week later at Córdoba’s Nuevo Arcángel Stadium.

Rafa Marquez’s Tactical Plans

With Faye back in the lineup, Rafa Marquez can solidify his defense and implement more strategic flexibility.

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Known for his defensive acumen and leadership on the pitch, Faye’s inclusion is expected to bolster the team’s confidence and performance.

His ability to read the game and make crucial interventions could be the difference-maker in these tightly contested play-off matches.

Aiming for Promotion

Securing promotion to the Segunda División would be a significant achievement for Barça Atlètic, offering a platform for young talents to gain valuable experience against stronger competition.

The team’s ability to navigate the play-offs successfully, particularly without key players like Faye, underscores their potential and determination.

As they prepare for the final showdown, all eyes will be on Mikayil Faye and his impact on the field.

His return is a timely reinforcement, and his performances could play a pivotal role in Barça Atlètic’s quest for promotion.

Fans and analysts alike eagerly anticipate how Marquez’s men will fare with their defensive stalwart back in the fold

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