The next Barcelona match is already upon us! In just a few hours, the Blaugrana open the Camp Nou doors to face Almería in a pivotal La Liga match that could temporarily increase the lead over Real Madrid to seven points in case of a win.
As we've been anticipating for a while, coach Luis Enrique is expected to heavily rotate the squad and use an alternative starting lineup. The squad list remains mainly untouched, as Enrique selected his favorite 18 for the game, with the exception of Sergio Busquets, who's suspended, and Jordi Alba, who's injured. Also injured is Thomas Vermaelen, while Douglas and Jordi Masip have not been named per coach's decision.
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, 15. Marc Bartra, 21. Adriano, 22. Dani Alves, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 6. Xavi Hernández, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 14. Javier Mascherano, 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; Mascherano, Rakitic, Xavi; Messi, Suárez, Pedro
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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