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FC Barcelona announce squad for La Liga El Clásico against Real Madrid

Quique Setién has called up 18 players for Sunday’s trip to the Bernabéu

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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to the Spanish capital for a potential title-deciding El Clásico against Real Madrid, and Quique Setién has called up the following 18 players for Sunday’s match:

Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Neto

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Junior Firpo

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Arthur, 21. Frenkie De Jong, 22. Arturo Vidal, 30. Álex Collado

Forwards: 10. Lionel Messi, 17. Antoine Griezmann, 19. Martin Braithwaite, 31. Ansu Fati

There’s a big surprise on the list: Jordi Alba is back after missing a couple of weeks with a groin injury and taking part in the last two training sessions. Another good bit of news is about Gerard Piqué, who is indeed fit to be part of the squad after his injury scare against Napoli. Three players miss this one through injury: Luis Suárez (knee), Ousmane Dembélé (hamstring) and Sergi Roberto (thigh).

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Firpo; Arthur, Busquets, De Jong; Vidal, Messi, Griezmann

The match kicks off at 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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