The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana are in Italy for the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 against Napoli, and Quique Setién has called up the following 21 players for the trip to Naples:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Neto, 26. Iñaki Peña
Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 15. Clément Lenglet, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Junior Firpo, 33. Ronald Araujo, 39. Sergio Akieme
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Arthur, 21. Frenkie De Jong, 22. Arturo Vidal, 28. Riqui Puig, 30. Álex Collado
Forwards: 10. Lionel Messi, 17. Antoine Griezmann, 19. Martin Braiwhaite*, 31. Ansu Fati
*Ineligible to play in the Champions League
As per usual in European trips the coach takes the entire squad for an away game except for the injured players, which is why Jordi Alba (groin), Sergi Roberto (thigh), Ousmane Dembélé (hamstring) and Luis Suárez (knee) will watch from home. Even new signing Martin Braithwaite makes the trip despite not being eligible for the competition, and he’ll watch from the stands along with two more players who will be cut from the final 18-man squad, most likely third goalkeeper Iñaki Peña and defender Ronald Araujo.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):
Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Firpo; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Griezmann, Vidal
The match kicks off at 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Wednesday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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