The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana debut at home in the new La Liga season when they open up the Camp Nou doors to welcome Málaga for Round 2 of the Spanish League season, eager to build upon the 1-0 win against Athletic Bilbao and mantain their two-point edge over Real Madrid in the standings.
Plenty of good news for coach Luis Enrique to finally get his first goal and his first victory against the Malaga side: Neymar Jr. is back to complete the 'MSN' trio. The Brazilian is recovered from the mumps, trained very well during the week and is fully fit and set for selection. Also returning from injury is Sergio Busquets, who had to leave last Sunday's match with an ankle injury. But he's ready to go as well. Jérémy Mathieu returns from suspension, which adds another option on the defense. Needing help on the midfield department, however, Enrique called up Gerard Gumbau from Barça B.
These are the 18 men named by Lucho for the game:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo
Defenders: 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 18. Jordi Alba, 23. Thomas Vermaelen, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 20. Sergi Roberto, 26. Gerard Gumbau
Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr., 16. Sandro Ramírez, 17. Munir El-Haddadi
Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
Bravo; Roberto, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
The match starts at 20:30 CET, and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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