The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana return to action after the international break with a big La Liga game against Atlético Madrid, and Ronald Koeman has called up the following 21 players for Saturday’s trip to the Spanish capital:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Neto, 36. Arnau Tenas
Defenders: 2. Sergiño Dest, 3. Gerard Piqué, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 20. Sergi Roberto, 24. Junior Firpo, 28. Óscar Mingueza
Midfielders: 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
Barça will be missing Sergio Busquets, Samuel Umtiti and Ansu Fati due to knee injuries, with Busquets and Umtiti expected back soon while Fati won’t be ready to return until late March. Ronald Araujo is also out with a hamstring, but there is some very good news: Philippe Coutinho is back after missing nearly a month with a hamstring of his own, but the Brazilian has recovered in time to play at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Predicted starting XI (4-4-2):
Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Dembélé, Pjanic, De Jong, Pedri; Messi, Griezmann
The match kicks off at 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Sunday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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