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Official: Barcelona Champions League squad list to face Ferencváros

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FC Barcelona has announced the squad that will feature against Hungary side Ferencváros in the Champions League kick-off game.

A lot of young players will get the chance to prove their capabilities, as the Hungarian side is considered a weak team in the European competition.

The full list consists of: Dest, Piqué, Araujo, Busquets, Alena, Griezmann, Pjanic, Braithwaite, Messi, Dembélé, Riqui Puig, Neto, Coutinho, Lenglet, Trincao, Roberto, De Jong, Fati, Firpo, Inaki Pena, Mingueza, Arnau Tenas.

Key players like Messi, Busquets, and Piqué will most likely get a rest, as the Clásico will take place soon (October 24) after the Ferencváros clash.

The pressure on Ronald Koeman is increasing after losing back-to-back points in La Liga, thus the Dutchman cannot afford another lose — this time against the Catalan’s eternal rivals.

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Barcelona call up midfielder Matheus Fernandes for the first time

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Barcelona confirmed the signing of Matheus Fernandes from Palmeiras for a fee of €7 million + €3 million in variables on the last day of the January transfer window on a four-year contract, with the release clause set at €300 million. The midfielder would join the Barcelona camp after the end of the 2019/20 season.

This transfer was regarded as a sketchy transfer as he was not touted as good enough for a club of the stature of Barcelona. In fact, the Brazilian was barely able to make it off the bench for Real Valladolid during his time with the club on six-month loan stretching from January to July this year.

During those six month, Matheus made only three appearances, registering a total of 166 minutes with starts against Atletico Madrid and Eibar, and a one-minute cameo against Real Betis. He also suffered a hamstring injury during this tenure, ruling him out for four games.

After his arrival to the Catalan capital, Matheus was not even presented as a Barcelona player unlike the signings of Pedri, Fransisco Trincão, Miralem Pjanic, and Sergino Dest. In fact, Matheus did not even participate in the pre-season friendlies as he was ruled out from a hamstring injury.

News surrounded his departure as early as January, without him even getting a chance to play for the club. However, against all odds, Matheus has been included in the squad that will take on Dynamo Kyiv in gameweek four of the UEFA Champions League. This, in all probability, stems from the exclusion of Sergio Busquets – who is injured, and Frenkie de Jong – who has been rested.

Ronald Koeman has named just four central midfielders for the trip to Ukraine, with Miralem Pjanic guaranteed a spot. However, with the lack of any natural defensive midfielders, Koeman might have to readjust his tactics, and field one of Riqui Puig and Carles Aleña in the centre of the pitch as part of the midfield.

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