It’s certainly a new dawn at FC Barcelona. When’s the last time a Barça manager without being forced by injury or suspension leaves out the likes of Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano, Pedro Rodríguez and Jordi Alba? Well, that’s precisely what Luis Enrique has done. All those named, as well as Martín Montoya, do not even make the match squad, while B team members Sergi Samper, Sandro Ramírez and Munir El Haddadi do. Dani Alves is medically cleared, but Thomas Vermaelen and Jordi Masip remain on the injury list.
With the absentees, the most exciting possibility is a start for Samper in the center of the midfield, perhaps a move from the management staff to let him know he has a future at Camp Nou despite attractive offers coming from afar. Perhaps tonight Marc-André ter Stegen makes his official debut and who knows, even the much spoken about Douglas.
Full squad list after the jump: