Barcelona football is back! After a good week of training sessions for the Blaugrana, they return to the pitch for an important encounter with Eibar. After being blessed with the La Liga lead following Real Madrid's loss to Athletic Bilbao last weekend, Barça now controls its own destiny in their quest to reclaim the Spanish crown, and a victory this Saturday is vital.
For this game, coach Luis Enrique has some decisions to make. Because of Jordi Alba and Dani Alves' automatic one-match bans due to card accumulations, Lucho had to bring back Douglas Pereira to the lineup. He's not likely to start, but he's a part of the squad for the first time in a long time. Adriano is also in the lineup, and he should get the call on the left side. Jordi Masip is the only one out due to Enrique's decision. Sergio Busquets and Thomas Vermaelen are also out due to injuries.
These are the eighteen men named by Lucho for the game:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo
Defenders: 2. Martín Montoya, 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 16. Douglas Pereira, 21. Adriano Correia, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 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; Montoya, Bartra, Mathieu, Adriano; Rakitic, Xavi, Rafinha; Pedro, Messi, Neymar
The match starts at 18:00 CET, and you can follow and comment all the action right here, at Barça Blaugranes.
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