The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to Lisbon for their second Champions League group stage game against Benfica, and Ronald Koeman has called up the following 22 players for Wednesday’s clash:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Neto, 26. Iñaki Peña
Defenders: 2. Sergiño Dest, 3. Gerard Piqué, 4. Ronald Araujo, 15. Clément Lenglet, 22. Óscar Mingueza, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Eric García
Midfielders: 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Riqui Puig, 11. Yusuf Demir, 14. Philippe Coutinho, 16. Pedri, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. Frenkie De Jong, 28. Nico González, 30. Gavi
Forwards: 9. Memphis Depay, 10. Ansu Fati, 17. Luuk De Jong
There’s some good news for this one as Pedri is cleared to play after missing two weeks with a thigh problem, and Frenkie De Jong returns from a suspension at the weekend. Jordi Alba has not recovered in time from a hamstring issue and misses this one, with Martin Braithwaite (knee), Ousmane Dembélé (knee), Alejandro Balde (back) and Sergio Agüero (calf) also out because of injury.
Predicted starting XI (4-2-3-1):
Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Piqué, Araujo, Dest; F. De Jong, Busquets; Gavi, Coutinho, Memphis; L. De Jong
The match kicks off at 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeira), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Thursday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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