The next Barcelona match is upon us! The preseason is all over, and things are about to get serious. The first competitive game for the Blaugrana has a trophy at stake, as the Catalan giants face Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup, which puts together the Treble-winners against the Europa League champs. And coach Luis Enrique has already picked his squad for the game.
Apart from Neymar, who was diagnosed on Sunday with parotitis, commonly known as mumps, every member of the first team squad (as of right now) is on the list to travel with the coaching staff to Tbilisi, Georgia, site of the encounter on Tuesday. Five of those are automatically out, as Douglas Pereira, Jordi Alba and Adriano Correia still nurse their respective injuries, while new signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal are ineligible for selection until January.
Which means that out of the 20 available players, Enrique will only have to cut two in order to form the definitive 18-man lineup for the game. This is the full squad list:
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 (ineligible)
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 20. Sergi Roberto, 30. Alen Halilovic, Arda Turan (ineligible)
Forwards: 7. Pedro Rodríguez, 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 16. Sandro Ramírez, 17. Munir El-Haddadi
Predicted Starting XI (4-3-3):
Alves - Piqué - Mascherano - Mathieu
Rakitic - Busquets - Iniesta
Messi - Suárez - Pedro
Bench: Bravo, Bartra, Vermaelen, Rafinha, Roberto, Sandro, Munir
Players cut: Masip, Halilovic
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