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FC Barcelona announce squad for Copa del Rey 2nd leg match against Levante

Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for the deciding match at Camp Nou

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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome Levante to Camp Nou for the second leg of their Copa del Rey Round of 16 matchup having to overcome a 2-1 deficit, and Ernesto Valverde has called up the following 18 players to be in uniform on Thursday night:

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

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 15. Clément Lenglet, 17. Jeison Murillo, 18. Jordi Alba

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 7. Philippe Coutinho, 8. Arthur, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. Carles Aleñá, 22. Arturo Vidal

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé

After resting his main players in the first leg, Valverde doesn’t mess around and calls up all the big boys, including Messi and Suárez. Malcom is the only one missing out per the manager’s decision, as Sergi Samper, Thomas Vermaelen, Samuel Umtiti and Rafinha can’t play due to injury.

Predicted starting XI (4-4-2):

Cillessen; Semedo, Piqué, Murillo, Alba; Dembélé, Rakitic, Vidal, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez

The match kicks off at 9.30pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8.30pm GMT (UK), 3.30pm ET, 12.30pm PT (USA), 2am IST (India, Friday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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