The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to Madrid for the Copa del Rey Round of 16 one-off game against Rayo Vallecano, and Ronald Koeman has called up the following 20 players for Wednesday’s clash:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Neto, 36. Arnau Tenas
Defenders: 4. Ronald Araujo, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Junior Firpo, 28. Óscar Mingueza
Midfielders: 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Miralem Pjanic, 12. Riqui Puig, 16. Pedri, 21. Frenkie De Jong, 27. Ilaix Moriba
Forwards: 7. Antoine Griezmann, 9. Martin Braithwaite, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 17. Francisco Trincão
Koeman goes with a strong squad for this one, though he’s expected to rotate the team against a second division side. The big news is the return of Lionel Messi from suspension, but there is some bad news as Sergiño Dest is out with a persistent thigh injury. Also missing through injury are Ansu Fati (knee), Gerard Piqué (knee), Philippe Coutinho (knee) and Sergi Roberto (thigh), while Matheus Fernandes is out per the manager’s decision.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):
Neto; Mingueza, Umtiti, Lenglet, Firpo; Ilaix, Pjanic, Puig; Trincão, Messi, Braithwaite
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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