The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana make their season debut in the Copa del Rey with a Round of 32 game against Cornellà, and Ronald Koeman has called up the following 20 players for Thursday’s clash:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Neto, 36. Arnau Tenas
Defenders: 4. Ronald Araujo, 15. Clément Lenglet, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Junior Firpo, 28. Óscar Mingueza
Midfielders: 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Miralem Pjanic, 12. Riqui Puig, 16. Pedri, 19. Matheus Fernandes, 27. Ilaix Moriba, 30. Álex Collado
Forwards: 7. Antoine Griezmann, 9. Martin Braithwaite, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 17. Francisco Trincão, 29. Konrad De La Fuente
Koeman takes the chance to call up some Barça B players for this Cup game, including midfielders Ilaix Moriba and Álex Collado and forward Konrad De La Fuente, and the coach is also expected to start a heavily rotated team for this one. Lionel Messi (suspension), Sergiño Dest (thigh), Jordi Alba (rest) and Frenkie De Jong (rest) are not available, while Ansu Fati (knee), Gerard Piqué (knee), Philippe Coutinho (knee) and Sergi Roberto (thigh) are out due to injury.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):
Neto; Mingueza, Araujo, Umtiti, Firpo; Ilaix, Pjanic, Puig; Trincão, Braithwaite, Konrad
The match kicks off at 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Friday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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