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Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Espanyol

Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for Saturday’s Catalan Derby

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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana return to action after the international break with a tough La Liga game as they face Catalan rivals Espanyol, and coach Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players to be in uniform today.

This is the full squad:

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

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 23. Samuel Umtiti

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 21. André Gomes

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 16. Gerard Deulofeu, 17. Paco Alcácer

All four summer signings have been included in the list for the first time, which means Ousmane Dembélé is ready to make his debut for the club. Sergi Roberto has been left out with a minor knee problem, with Rafinha Alcântara and Arda Turan joining Sergi in the injury list. Thomas Vermaelen, Aleix Vidal and Denis Suarez miss out per Valverde’s decision.

Predicted starting lineup (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Paulinho; Messi, Suárez, Deulofeu

The match kicks off on Saturday night at 8:45pm CET / 7:45pm BST (UK) / 2:45pm ET, 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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