The season starts for Barcelona! The Blaugrana will take on Elche CF in their La Liga debut, Sunday at Camp Nou. And coach Luis Enrique has selected 18 players to form the squad for the match.
Pedro and Neymar were doubtful to play, and only the former made the list. The Brazilian has been left out of the squad, as he's nursing an ankle injury. Thomas Vermaelen, Ter Stegen and Adriano will also miss the game because of injuries. Luis Suárez and Gerard Piqué are suspended, making it six absentees for Barça.
These are the eighteen men chosen by Lucho:
Claudio Bravo, Jordi Masip, Dani Alves, Martín Montoya, Marc Bartra, Javier Mascherano, Jeremy Mathieu, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Lionel Messi, Munir El-Haddadi, Rafinha, Pedro and Sandro.
Expected starting lineup (4-3-3):
Bravo; Alves, Mascherano, Mathieu, Alba; Sergio, Rakitic, Iniesta; Rafinha, Messi, Munir.
The game starts at 21:00 CET. Vamos Barça!
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