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Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Girona

Umtiti returns!

Malaga CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to Girona for a Catalan derby against the newly promoted La Liga side, and Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for today’s match.

This is the full squad:

Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen

Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 22. Aleix Vidal, 23. Samuel Umtiti

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. André Gomes

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 17. Paco Alcácer

With a tough Champions League trip to Sporting CP in a few days, Valverde has made some changes to the squad that faced Eibar. Out go Nélson Semedo, Gerard Deulofeu and Thomas Vermaelen, in come Samuel Umtiti, André Gomes and Paco Alcácer. Arda Turan is also left out per Valverde’s decision, while Ousmane Dembélé and Rafinha Alcântara miss out through injury.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Vidal, Messi, Suárez

The match kicks off on Saturday at 8:45pm CET / 7:45pm (UK & Nigeria) / 2:45pm, 11:45am PT (USA) / 12:15am IST (India, Sunday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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