The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana return to action for the biggest game of the season so far, the first El Clásico of 2020-21 against Real Madrid at Camp Nou, and Ronald Koeman has called up the following 23 players for Saturday’s match:
Goalkeepers: 13. Neto, 26. Iñaki Peña, 36. Arnau Tenas
Defenders: 2. Sergiño Dest, 3. Gerard Piqué, 4. Ronald Araujo, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 20. Sergi Roberto, 24. Junior Firpo
Midfielders: 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Carles Aleñá, 8. Miralem Pjanic, 12. Riqui Puig, 14. Philippe Coutinho, 16. Pedri, 21. Frenkie De Jong
Forwards: 7. Antoine Griezmann, 9. Martin Braithwaite, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 17. Francisco Trincão, 22. Ansu Fati
There’s some nice injury news for Barça ahead of this one: Jordi Alba is back after missing the last three weeks with a hamstring injury, and the full-back is expected to be back in the starting lineup as well. Ter Stegen (knee), Samuel Umtiti (knee) and Matheus Fernandes (hamstring) miss out due to injury, and all 23 players on the list will be in uniform and available for selection.
Predicted starting XI (4-2-3-1):
Neto; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Coutinho, Fati; Messi
The match kicks off at 4pm CET (Barcelona), 3pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 10am ET, 7am PT (USA), 7.30pm IST (India), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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