The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana return to La Liga with a visit to Madrid for a match against Leganés on Saturday, and Luis Enrique has called up an 18-man squad for the match.
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen
Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 20. Sergi Roberto, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 6. Denis Suarez, 7. Arda Turan, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 21. André Gomes
Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr., 17. Paco Alcácer
It’s a surprising list from the Barça manager, who leaves Sergio Busquets out of the list to rest his most important midfielder for the La Liga clash with Atlético Madrid next Wednesday. Jordi Masip, Lucas Digne and Aleix Vidal also don’t make the cut per Lucho’s decision.
There are a lot of midfielders and very few defenders, which means Enrique will probably keep his usual defense (with the only change being Mascherano in place of Umtiti) and rotate the midfield, giving chances to players like Rafinha, Denis Suarez and Arda Turan to start ahead of Rakitic and Iniesta with the Atleti match in mind.
Predicted Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3):
Ter Stegen | Roberto, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba | Gomes, Rakitic, Rafinha | Messi, Suárez, Neymar
The match is on Saturday, starting at 1pm CET / 12pm BST (UK) / 7am ET, 4am PT (US) / 4:30pm IST (India), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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