The next Barcelona match is upon us! After a good win last Saturday, life moves on for the Blaugrana, and on Tuesday they have an important Champions League encounter with BATE Borisov in Belarus. Not conceding points to the weakest team in Group E is vital to qualify for the knockout stages, and the Catalans are eager to get a victory away from home.
Coach Luis Enrique has announced the squad list, and there's a huge return: Thomas Vermaelen has been medically cleared and could make his first start in four weeks after suffering a calf strain against Atlético Madrid last September. The Belgian center-back is certain to improve a shaky Blaugrana defense, and his participation could be key to strengthening Barça's goal-prevention department.
Along with Vermaelen, Enrique decided to take the whole squad with him to Belarus. The injured Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Rafinha Alcântara and the unavailable Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal stay home. These are the players in the squad for Tuesday's match:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo, 25. Jordi Masip
Defenders: 2. Douglas Pereira, 3. Gerard Piqué, 6. Dani Alves, 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano Correia, 23. Thomas Vermaelen, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 20. Sergi Roberto, 28. Gerard Gumbau
Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 11. Neymar Jr., 17. Munir El-Haddadi, 19. Sandro Ramírez
Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
Ter Stegen | Alves, Bartra, Vermaelen, Alba | Mascherano, Rakitic, Roberto | Munir, Suárez, Neymar
Bench: Bravo, Piqué, Mathieu, Adriano, Busquets, Gumbau, Sandro
Players cut: Masip, Douglas
The match is on Tuesday, at 20:45 CET, and you can joins us to follow and comment all the action.
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