The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome the always tough Villarreal to Camp Nou for an important La Liga clash. With Real Madrid's win yesterday, Barça are obligated to get a victory and keep chasing their biggest rivals in the standings. And coach Luis Enrique has already released the squad list for the game.
For this match, Enrique doesn't have a huge injury issue. Douglas Pereira and Thomas Vermaelen are the only players that won't suit up for medical reasons. Jérémy Mathieu is back, and despite having the whole locker room upset at him for revealing the actual beef between his coach and Lionel Messi, he's a part of the squad. Jordi Masip, Martín Montoya and Marc Bartra, on the other hand, will not dress tonight, per Enrique's decision.
These are the eighteen men named by Lucho for the match:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo
Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano, 22. Dani Alves, 23. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Xavi Hernández, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 20. Sergi Roberto
Forwards: 7. Pedro Rodríguez, 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr.
Expected Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
Bravo; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Suárez, Messi, Pedro
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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