The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana return to La Liga action after two weeks off, and it won’t be an easy game as Barça travel to Madrid to face Getafe, and Ernesto Valverde has called up the following 19 players* for the trip:
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, 14. Malcom
*One of the 19 will be cut from the final matchday squad. The favorites: Denis, Aleñá.
There is some really good news with this squad: Barça have depth again! New signing Jeison Murillo is available, and both Malcom and Sergi Roberto are healthy again after missing the last month with injury. There are still some absences, though, with Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Samper, Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha all out due to injury, while Munir doesn’t travel per the manager’s choice.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):
Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Suárez, Dembélé
The match kicks off at 8.45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7.45pm GMT (UK), 2.45pm ET, 11.45am PT (USA), 1.15am IST (India, Monday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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