There are no surprises on the list, with all the stars ready to go. Except for the captain. Andrés Iniesta was diagnosed with muscle discomfort in the last training session before the trip. This minor problem caused him to be left out of the Spanish national team squad for the upcoming international friendlies next week, and his problems are confirmed with his exclusion of the club list for Sunday.
Other than him, usual bench warmers Douglas Pereira and Jordi Masip are also not included. Thomas Vermaelen will stay at Catalonia along with Rafinha Alcântara, who has just returned from injury and is not ready for a big game like the one at the Madrigal.
These are the eighteen men called up by Lucho for the match:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo
Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 6. Dani Alves, 14. Javier Mascherano, 15. Marc Bartra, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano Correia, 22. Aleix Vidal, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 7. Arda Turan, 20. Sergi Roberto
Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr., 17. Munir El-Haddadi
Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
Bravo; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Arda; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
The match starts at 16:00 CET on Sunday, and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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