The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana have already made the trip to the Basque Country, and tonight they'll face one of the toughest environments in football, as they will try to survive another San Mamés battle against Athletic Bilbao. And coach Luis Enrique made sure that he selected his best squad for the game.
Since the only injury issue this week was Mr. Irrelevant Douglas Pereira, Enrique didn't have to worry about anyone missing the match due to a contusion. Because of that, he didn't have a difficult decision on which players to leave out of the squad list. Jordi Masip, Martín Montoya and Sergi Roberto did not survive the final cut, therefore they'll watch the game from home.
These are the eighteen men selected by Lucho for the match:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen; 13. Claudio Bravo
Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 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
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, Rakitic, Xavi; 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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