It's matchday! Barcelona opens up the Camp Nou doors to welcome Athletic Bilbao for the 2nd leg of the Spanish Supercup. After a painful 4-0 loss at San Mamés last Friday, the Blaugrana need to pull off a miracle in order to keep their hopes of a sextuple in 2015 alive.
For Monday's game, coach Luis Enrique has decided to pick his entire squad to be at the stadium. However, injured players Adriano Correia, Douglas Pereira, Jordi Alba and Neymar Jr. are automatically out, as well as new signings Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan, unable to debut until January. That means Enrique will only have to cut two players from the rest of his squad to form the definitive 18-man group for the match.
You know them all, but these are the squad members picked by Lucho for tonight:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo, 25. Jordi Masip
Defenders: 2. Douglas Pereira (out), 3. Gerard Piqué, 6. Dani Alves, 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 18. Jordi Alba (out), 21. Adriano Correia (out), 23. Thomas Vermaelen, 24. Jérémy Mathieu, Aleix Vidal (unavailable)
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 20. Sergi Roberto, 30. Alen Halilovic, Arda Turan (unavailable)
Forwards: 7. Pedro Rodríguez, 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr. (out), 16. Sandro Ramírez, 17. Munir El-Haddadi
Predicted Starting XI (4-3-3):
Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Mathieu; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Pedro
Bench: Bravo, Bartra, Vermaelen, Rafinha, Roberto, Sandro, Munir
The match starts at 22:00 CET, and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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