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Barcelona vs Manchester City, 2016 Champions League: Projected Lineup

How will Barça line up on Wednesday?

FC Barcelona Training Session and Press Conference Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona and Manchester City meet on Wednesday at Camp Nou in one of the two biggest group stage matches of the Champions League this season, the other being the next Barça-City game two weeks from now in England.

This is truly a great match, for many reasons: Pep Guardiola returns to Camp Nou, Lionel Messi and Kevin De Bruyne are healthy and ready to play, Claudio Bravo meets Barça just two months after leaving the club, and so much more. If this game can be summed up by emojis, I would use these two.

One of the best things about this game is that the most important players in each team will be healthy and available to play. There are no serious injuries or suspensions, and both Lucho and Pep will be able to field the lineups they want without being conditioned by the loss of a key starter.

Enrique usually has one lineup in his notebook for giant matches like this one: GALA ELEVEN. With the departure of Dani Alves, the Gala XI changed slightly this season, with Sergi Roberto replacing the Brazilian legend; other than that, it's still the same players Lucho trusts the most for the big games, but there could be a small surprise in this one.

Big Sammy Umtiti is 100% fit after recovering from an injury, and reports in Spain say the young Frenchman did not face Deportivo La Coruña at the weekend to be ready for a 90-minute battle against Sergio Agüero. Umtiti has outperformed Javier Mascherano this season, and should start against City. Other than that, it's the team we know, including the return of Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto, who will be medically cleared from their injuries and are set to face the Sky Blues from the beginning.

So this is the VERY probable lineup that will start on Wednesday, with the only doubt being Mascherano/Umtiti:

The Barca Blaugranes community voted on their favorite lineup, and it's exactly the same as above. Nobody came even close to changing your starting team, which shows you guys really want the Gala XI with Umtiti against City.

We'll probably get that, unless Mathieu starts.

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