The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana are back in La Liga action with a trip to face bottom of the table Huesca, and Ernesto Valverde has called up the following 18 players to be in uniform on Saturday:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen
Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 6. Jean-Clair Todibo, 15. Clément Lenglet, 17. Jeison Murillo, 18. Jordi Alba, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 40. Moussa Wagué
Midfielders: 7. Philippe Coutinho, 8. Arthur, 21. Carles Aleñá, 22. Arturo Vidal, 28. Riqui Puig
Forwards: 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 14. Malcom, 19. Kevin-Prince Boateng, 29. Abel Ruiz
With the decisive Champions League game against Manchester United on Tuesday and an 11-point lead at the top of the table, Valverde makes a massive rotation to the squad against the worst team in the league: Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets get a day off, along with the suspended Gerard Piqué and Luis Suárez and the ill Ivan Rakitic, as well as Sergi Roberto who has a minor injury. That’s six starters out, plus the other two injured players in Rafinha (knee) and Thomas Vermaelen (Vermaelen).
All the absences mean a chance for plenty of young players to be in uniform, including Todibo, Wagué, Riqui Puig and Abel Ruiz. They might even get a chance to play if the game is in Barça’s hands, which would be awesome for the kids.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):
Cillessen; Semedo, Murillo, Umtiti, Wagué; Vidal, Arthur, Puig; Malcom, Boateng, Aleñá
The match starts at 4.15pm CET (Barcelona), 3.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 7.45pm IST (India), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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