It's matchday! Barcelona will travel to Vicente Calderón for a battle with Atlético Madrid to decide which team will advance to the Copa del Rey semifinal. It's a decisive game, and coach Luis Enrique has named his best possible squad for the big one.
Ivan Rakitic is back, and he is part of the selection for this one. His knee problems that made him miss the last La Liga game are all gone, and he's expected to start tonight. Jérémy Mathieu is also back from injury. Douglas Pereira and Thomas Vermaelen, on the other hand, will miss the match due to injuries. Claudio Bravo, Sergi Roberto and Martín Montoya are out per Enrique's decision.
These are the eighteen men named by Lucho for tonight's battle:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 25. Jordi Masip
Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano, 22. Dani Alves, 23. Jérémy Mathiu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 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.
Expected Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
The match starts at 21:00 CET, and you can follow and comment all the action right here, at Barça Blaugranes.
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