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How should Barcelona line up against Leganes?

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  • Barcelona are back in La Liga action on Saturday with Leganes the visitors to Camp Nou.

The game falls in between Barca’s two Champions League quarter-finals with Roma so Ernesto Valverde could make changes.

Here’s a look at how they might line-up.

Defence

Nelson Semedo returned to the team at right-back against Roma and put in a decent display, although whether it’s enough to keep his place remains to be seen.

Valverde could put Sergi Roberto back into the defence after he featured in midfield against Roma in midweek.

Elsewhere, unless Thomas Vermaelen comes in to give Samuel Umtiti or Gerard Pique a break the defence picks itself.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will remain in goal with Jordi Alba at left-back. Lucas Digne remains on the injured list with a thigh problem.

Midfield

Expect changes in midfield and Sergio Busquets to drop out. The midfielder asked to be substituted against Roma and it would be a good decision to rest him for this one.

Paulinho will probably come in for Busquets alongside Ivan Rakitic. Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho could return on the flanks.

Denis Suarez is pushing for a start after a couple of lively substitute showings but he’s more likely to start on the bench.

Attack

Up front Valverde has to decide whether to start Lionel Messi for the second time this week or keep him wrapped up in cotton wool on the bench.

It seems clear the Argentine isn’t 100 per cent fit and his game time needs managing at the moment. However, Barca also have a healthy lead against Roma so the temptation may be to play him against Leganes and rest him against Roma.

Otherwise Luis Suarez should continue in attack, he scored his first Champions League goal of the season against Roma and has three goals and two assists in his last four Barca games.

Possible line-up: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba: Dembele, Paulinho, Rakitic, Coutinho; Messi, Suarez.

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