The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome Cultural Leonesa for the second leg of their Copa del Rey Round of 32 matchup, with Barça carrying a 1-0 lead from the first game.
Ernesto Valverde has called up the following 19 players for the game, with one of them cut from the final matchday squad:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen
Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 15. Clément Lenglet, 24. Thomas Vermaelen, 27. Juan Miranda, 36. Chumi
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 6. Denis Suarez, 7. Philippe Coutinho, 21. Carles Aleñá, 22. Arturo Vidal, 28. Riqui Puig, 34. Álex Collado, 35. Oriol Busquets, 38. Guillem Jaime
Forwards: 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 14. Malcom, 19. Munir
Since this is a Cup game against a Third Division side, Valverde allows himself to rest his main players, so Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi get the day off. Missing through injury are Arthur, Luis Suárez, Rafinha, Sergi Samper, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):
Cillessen; Semedo, Chumi, Vermaelen, Miranda; Aleñá, Rakitic, Puig; Malcom, Munir, Denis
The match kicks of at 9.30pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8.30pm GMT (UK), 3.30pm ET, 12.30pm PT (USA), 2am IST (India, Thursday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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