The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana return to La Liga action with one of the toughest fixtures of the season: a Vicente Calderón visit to face Atlético Madrid, in what promises to be the most exciting game of this young campaign. And coach Luis Enrique has already named his squad for the match.
It's his strongest available 18-man group. Claudio Bravo, Dani Alves and Douglas Pereira are out with injuries, while Gerard Piqué failed to nulify his suspension and will miss his third straight game. Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal are unavailable until January and also won't play. The good news is the presence of Sergi Roberto in the squad list, as the Spanish midfielder/full-back recovered well from a slight injury and should start. There are no Barça B players on the lineup.
These are the eighteen men named by Lucho for the Calderón battle:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 25. Jordi Masip
Defenders: 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano Correia, 23. Thomas Vermaelen, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 20. Sergi Roberto
Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr., 17. Munir El-Haddadi, 19. Sandro Ramírez
Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3)
Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Bench: Masip, Bartra, Adriano, Mathieu, Rafinha, Munir, Sandro
The match is on Saturday, at 20:30 CET, and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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