The next Barcelona match is upon us! The annual curtain-raiser for the season takes place today as Barça face Juventus at the Johan Cruyff Stadium in the 2021 Joan Gamper Trophy, and Ronald Koeman has called up the following 21 players for Sunday’s game:
Goalkeepers: 13. Neto, 26. Iñaki Peña
Defenders: 2. Sergiño Dest, 3. Gerard Piqué, 4. Ronald Araujo, 18. Jordi Alba, 22. Emerson Royal, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 31. Alejandro Balde
Midfielders: 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Riqui Puig, 8. Miralem Pjanic, 14. Philippe Coutinho, 20. Sergi Roberto, 27. Yusuf Demir, 28. Nico González, 32. Álex Collado
Forwards: 7. Antoine Griezmann, 9. Memphis Depay, 12. Martin Braithwaite, 29. Rey Manaj
There is an obvious, GOAT-shaped hole in the squad, but there are other players missing out for this one: Clément Lenglet (knee), Sergio Agüero (calf) and Frenkie De Jong (calf) are injured, while Óscar Mingueza, Eric García and Pedri are on vacation after Olympic duty. The big news is the return of Philippe Coutinho, who is available to play for the first time in 2021 after recovering from a knee injury.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):
Neto; Dest, Piqué, Araujo, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, Puig; Demir, Griezmann, Memphis
The match kicks off at 9.30pm CET (Barcelona), 8.30pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3.30pm ET, 12.30pm PT (USA), 1am IST (India, Monday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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