It's matchday! Barcelona's road to the Treble stops today at a very familiar site, as the Blaugrana play at Camp Nou for the Copa del Rey title against Athletic Bilbao. While this will be a little different environment (they'll have to use the visitors locker room, the crowd will be at least 50-50), it still is Camp Nou, and Barça will feel like playing at home.
With the full squad healthy and available, coach Luis Enrique decided to pick every member of the 23-man roster for tonight's game, as he usually does in big matches. The big question is the status of Luis Suárez. While the Uruguayan hasn't officially been medically cleared to play, Enrique said at his press conference that the striker is "fine" physically, and that we might see him featured today.
A few hours after the game, Lucho will make the final cut and select 18 players to form the definitive squad, and only then we can really find out if Suárez is appearing. For now, here's the full squad list for tonight:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo, 25. Jordi Masip
Defenders: 2. Martín Montoya, 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 16. Douglas Pereira, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano Correia, 22. Dani Alves, 23. Thomas Vermaelen, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 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.
Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
Projected substitutes and players cut:
Bench: Bravo; Mathieu, Bartra, Adriano, Xavi, Rafinha, Pedro
Players cut: Masip, Montoya, Douglas, Vermaelen, Roberto
The match starts at 21:30 CET, and you can join us then to comment the match.
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