The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to Galicia for the first leg of their Copa del Rey Round of 16 matchup against Celta Vigo, and Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for the trip.
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, 20. Sergi Roberto, 25. Thomas Vermaelen
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. André Gomes, 22. Aleix Vidal, 26. Carles Aleñá
Forwards: 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 37. José Arnáiz
Paco Alcácer and Samuel Umtiti are the only ones missing through injury, which is good news given the medical team had to take care of A LOT of players during the month of December. Along with the two injured players, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, Andrés Iniesta, Rafinha Alcântara, Gerard Deulofeu and Arda Turan will stay in Barcelona per Valverde’s decision.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):
Cillessen; Semedo, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Digne; Roberto, Rakitic, Gomes; Vidal, Dembélé, Denis
The match kicks off at 7pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 6pm GMT (UK), 1pm ET, 10am PT (USA), 11:30pm IST (India)