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FC Barcelona announce squad for Champions League match against Inter Milan

Ernesto Valverde has called up 22 players for the trip to Italy

FC Barcelona v FC Internazionale - UEFA Champions League Group B Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to Italy for a big Champions League match against Inter Milan, needing a point to qualify for the knockout stage and three to win the group with two games to spare.

Ernesto Valverde has called up the following 22 players for the European journey, including a surprise name!

Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen, 30. Iñaki Peña

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 36. Chumi

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 7. Philippe Coutinho, 8. Arthur, 12. Rafinha, 20. Sergi Roberto, 22. Arturo Vidal, 26. Carles Aleñá

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 14. Malcom, 19. Munir

Did you catch the surprise! Yes, Lionel Messi is back! But not really, but maybe? Messi has not yet been cleared by the medical staff, but he wouldn’t travel without any chance to play, so that’ll be the doubt until the team news come out. Three players who are definitely injured are Thomas Vermaelen, Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Samper, and all three stay home for this one. Before the game, four players will be cut from the final 18-man squad that will be in uniform.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Rafinha, Suárez, Coutinho

The match kicks off at 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Wednesday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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