The next Barcelona match is upon us! For the last time in 2014, Barça will enter the pitch for a competitive contest. On Saturday afternoon, the Blaugrana welcome Córdoba to Camp Nou, eager to finish the year strong with a good performance, and more importantly, a good win. And coach Luis Enrique has already decided which players will be in uniform for the final contest of the year.
Neymar Jr. was given the medical green light on Friday, and Enrique said on his press conference that the Brazilian was available and could possibly be on the squad list. And the coach kept his promise. Ney is back, after missing the last two matches due to an ankle injury. Dani Alves, on the other hand, has not recovered from his hamstring issue and is officially out for today's game.
The other absentees, per Enrique's decision, are Jordi Masip, Douglas Pereira, Marc Bartra and Sergi Roberto. Thomas Vermaelen is a constant part of the absentees, as he's out for the season.
These are the eighteen men selected by Lucho for the Córdoba match:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo
Defenders: 2. Martín Montoya, 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Raktic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Xavi Hernández, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara
Forwards: 7. Pedro Rodríguez, 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr., 31. Munir El-Haddadi
Expected Starting Lineup (4-3-1-2):
Bravo; Montoya, Piqué, Mathieu, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Xavi; Messi; Suárez, Neymar
The match starts at 16:00 CET, and you can follow and comment all the action right here, at Barça Blaugranes.
VISCA EL BARÇA!
- Barcelona vs Córdoba live stream: How to watch La Liga online, TV
- Report: FC Barcelona To Cut Ties With Qatar
- La Liga: FC Barcelona vs Córdoba CF: Full Match Coverage
- La Liga: FC Barcelona vs Cordoba CF: Match Preview
- FC Barcelona's Next La Liga Opponent: Jornada 16 – Córdoba CF Scouting Report & Key Battles