The next Barcelona match is upon us! In just a few hours, the Blaugrana will open the Camp Nou doors to welcome Valencia for another pivotal La Liga game, and coach Luis Enrique has selected his best available squad for the clash.
The only key absence is Andrés Iniesta, who will be given a day off by the coach to rest and continue his rehab on the bruised pelvis he sustained against PSG, which brings back Sergi Roberto to the squad. Thomas Vermaelen will also not be on the squad due to injuries. There are no suspensions, and per coach's decision, Jordi Masip, Douglas Pereira and Martín Montoya will not dress today.
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, 15. Marc Bartra, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano, 22. Dani Alves, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Xavi Hernández, 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) and substitutes:
Bravo; Alves, Piqué, Bartra, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Xavi; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Bench: Stegen, Mathieu, Adriano, Mascherano, Rafinha, Roberto, Pedro
The match starts at 16:00 CET, and you can follow and comment all the action right here, at Barça Blaugranes.
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