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Sevilla vs Barcelona, 2016 La Liga: Projected Lineup

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Who starts for Barça on Sunday?

Manchester City FC v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The final international break of 2016 starts on Monday, but Barcelona have one more match before the national teams start to play football, and it couldn't be a more difficult game: the Blaugrana visit the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán for a vital La Liga encounter with Sevilla on Sunday night in Spain.

Jorge Sampaoli is slowly turning the Sevillistas into a machine, a fantastic football team that plays with intensity and talent for 90 minutes and has a number of different weapons in terms of personnel and tactics, and they're nearly unbeatable when playing at their home ground.

Luis Enrique is once again the target of criticism after the Champions League loss to Manchester City, and he and his men will hope to turn things around with a key victory against an early title contender. Real Madrid will probably murder Leganés at the Bernabéu, and a loss at Sevilla means Barça could be five points behind the Blancos at the end of Matchweek 11. So yeah, this game is giant.

So how will Barcelona line up at the Pizjuán?

The answer is: pretty much the same team that played in Manchester. Barça had four full days to rest and train after that trip, so the starters in that game are in good physical condition to play again.

Because of the injury crisis on defense, the back five is set: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Javier Mascherano, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne. Roberto and Umtiti were terrible at the Etihad, and both Masche and Digne didn't cover themselves in glory either. Sevilla have a fantastic offense and those five need to be at their best to avoid a bad night defensively.

Moving up the pitch, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and André Gomes were fantastic in the first half in Manchester, and before Guardiola pressed them to death in the second half, they helped dominate City in the first 40 minutes of that game. Sampaoli will probably press them as well, and it's up to Enrique and the Busi-Raki-Gomes trio to figure out how to escape the pressure.

Up front, the 'MSN' trio needs to step up after a couple of very poor performances, and against a questionable Sevilla defense, they could have some very good chances to redeem themselves.

So with all of that considered, this is the probable Barça lineup to face the Rojiblancos:


What do you think, Blaugranes? What would be your starting lineup against Sevilla?