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FC Barcelona announce squad for Champions League group stage finale against Royal Antwerp

Xavi Hernández has called up 24 players for Wednesday’s clash

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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana are in Belgium for their sixth and final Champions League game against Royal Antwerp, and Xavi Hernández has called up the following 24 players for Wednesday’s clash:

Goalkeepers: 13. Iñaki Peña, 26. Ander Astralaga, 31. Diego Kochen

Defenders: 2. João Cancelo, 3. Alejandro Balde, 4. Ronald Araujo, 15. Andreas Christensen, 23. Jules Kounde, 33. Pau Cubarsí, 39. Héctor Fort

Midfielders: 8. Pedri, 18. Oriol Romeu, 20. Sergi Roberto, 22. Ilkay Gündogan, 30. Marc Casadó, 32. Fermín López, 34. Aleix Garrido

Forwards: 7. Ferran Torres, 9. Robert Lewandowski, 11. Raphinha, 14. João Félix, 27. Lamine Yamal, 29. Ángel Alarcón, 38. Marc Guiu

Barça will be without five senior players for this one as Frenkie de Jong hasn’t made the trip due to a fever, while Iñigo Martínez (hamstring), Marcos Alonso (back), Marc-André ter Stegen (back) and Gavi (knee) miss out due to injury. Xavi is expected to rest several of his starters against the worst team in the group, with a number of Barça Atlètic youngsters getting the call-up and perhaps a chance to play in Europe.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Peña; Roberto, Kounde, Christensen, Balde; Pedri, Romeu, Fermín; Yamal, Ferran, Félix

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


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