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Barcelona squad named for UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg

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Here we are. The most anticipated game in Barcelona's recent history. All the hype, all the story lines, all the articles, all the previews, all the projections, it all comes down to this. The Blaugrana start today their quest to a Champions League trophy as they welcome Bayern Munich to Camp Nou for the first of two semifinal legs. And coach Luis Enrique has selected his absolute best squad for the match.

No surprises in this one. With Jérémy Mathieu out with an Achilles injury, the only doubt was who his replacement would be. We got the answer: Thomas Vermaelen gets the call to be on the 18-man squad. He probably won't play in the biggest match of the season, but he's on the list anyway. That should be very good for his confidence.

Joining Vermaelen are these men named by Lucho for tonight's clash:

Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo

Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano Correia, 22. Dani Alves, 23. Thomas Vermaelen

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.

Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3) and substitutes:

Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar

The match starts at 20:45, and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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