The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome Sevilla to Camp Nou for a huge Copa del Rey quarterfinal 2nd leg, with the champions needing a three-goal win to reach the semifinals. And Ernesto Valverde has called up the following 18 players for the big game:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen
Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 24. Thomas Vermaelen
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 7. Philippe Coutinho, 8. Arthur, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. Carles Aleñá, 22. Arturo Vidal
Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 14. Malcom, 19. Kevin-Prince Boateng
There were no fresh injury concerns or Cup suspensions from the Girona victory, so Valverde was able to pick the players he wanted. Unfortunately there are players missing due to injury in Ousmane Dembélé (ankle), Samuel Umtiti (knee) and Rafinha (knee), while Jeison Murillo, Denis Suarez and Sergi Samper are out per the manager’s decision.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):
Cillessen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suárez, Coutinho
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, Thursday), and you can join our live blog to follow and comment all the action.
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