The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana will face Elche tonight to confirm their spot in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals following a very easy 5-0 win at Camp Nou a week ago. And coach Luis Enrique has already selected the squad for the match.
Unsurprisingly, the boss decided to rest all of his important starters and give them a day off. Claudio Bravo, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. are all getting a rest tonight. Xavi Hernández and Thomas Vermaelen are injured, and they're also not playing.
Which gave the youngsters of Barça B a chance to be in uniform for the senior team. A total of six B-teamers are in the squad list. Perhaps the most exciting addition to the lineup is Alen Halilovic. The Croatian wonder kid has improved tremendously at Mini Barça, and it would be great to see him playing tonight. Adama Traoré is also featured on the squad list, and he can also help his first team resumé with a good performance at Elche.
These are the eighteen men named by Lucho for the game:
Goalkeepers: Marc-André ter Stegen, Jordi Masip
Defenders: Martín Montoya, Douglas Pereira, Gerard Piqué, Marc Bartra, Jérémy Mathieu, Adriano Correia, Diawandou Diagné, Edgar Ié
Midfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha Alcântara, Gerard Gumbau, Alen Halilovic
Forwards: Pedro Rodríguez, Adama Traoré, Munir El-Haddadi
Expected Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
ter Stegen; Montoya, Bartra, Mathieu, Adriano; Rakitic, Roberto, Rafinha; Adama, Munir, Pedro
The match starts at 22:00 CET, and you can follow and comment all the action right here, at Barça Blaugranes.
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