FC Barcelona has announced the squad list to face Real Madrid in La Liga.
Jordi Alba has received the medical clearance and is ready to play, but the player is not expected to start — he will most likely come from the bench.
The full list consists of: Dest, Piqué, Araujo, Busquets, Aleñá, Griezmann, Pjanic, Braithwaite, Messi, Dembélé, Puig, Neto, Coutinho, Lenglet, Pedri, Trincão, Alba, Roberto, De Jong, Fati, Firpo, Iñaki Peña, Tenas.
The Clasico will be an important test for Ronald Koeman to prove himself at the Catalan club not only because Real Madrid is considered to be the club’s eternal rival, but also because he did not manage to win in his past 2 La Liga games.
If the Dutchman wants to win the League, tonight’s game is crucial. Real Madrid is not in its best form currently, so everything is in the hands of Barcelona now. How Barcelona will line-up remains unknown, but according to Spanish newspaper SPORT, Griezmann and Sergi Roberto will certainly start.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.