The next Barcelona match is upon us! Barça begin today a two-game quest to reclaim the Copa del Rey title, as the Blaugrana welcome Villarreal to Camp Nou for the first leg of their Spanish Cup semifinal encounter. And coach Luis Enrique has selected a familiar squad for the match.
Thomas Vermaelen and Douglas Pereira, the two most irrelevant parts of the 2014-15 roster are out due to injuries. All the other 21 first-team members are healthy and ready to go. Claudio Bravo will watch the game from the stands, which is the case with Cup matches. Martín Montoya and Sergi Roberto will not dress as well per Enrique's decision.
These are the eighteen men named by Lucho for the match:
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, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
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, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Rafinha, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
The match starts at 20:00 CET, and you can follow and comment all the action right here, at Barça Blaugranes.
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