The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome Levante to Camp Nou looking to extend their season-best winning streak to eleven games. And coach Luis Enrique has released the squad list for the game.
As we anticipated yesterday, Andrés Iniesta is indeed sitting out of today's match due to the flu. Douglas Pereira and Thomas Vermaelen are also not playing due to injuries. Enrique also decided to rotate the squad and include players with not a lot of minutes played, such as Adriano, Sergi Roberto and Martín Montoya. It's unclear whether or not they'll start, but given the weakness of the opponent, it would be good to give them an opportunity. Per Enrique's decision, Jordi Masip and Dani Alves will not be in uniform tonight.
These are the eighteen men named by Lucho for the match:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo
Defenders: 2. Martín Montoya, 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano Correia, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Xavi Hernández, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 20. Sergi Roberto
Forwards: 7. Pedro, 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr.
Expected Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
Bravo; Montoya, Bartra, Mathieu, Alba; Mascherano, Rakitic, Xavi; Suárez, Messi, Pedro
The match starts at 17:00 CET, and you can follow and comment all the action right here, at Barça Blaugranes.
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