FC Barcelona have announced the squad list that will take on Juventus on Tuesday in the second gameweek of the UEFA Champions League.
Jordi Alba received the medical green light against for the El Clasico, starting on the left of the back-four. He capped off his return with the assist for Barcelona’s only goal of the game and is part of the squad that will lock horns with the Old Lady.
Barcelona are, however, missing Gerard Pique, who picked up a suspension against Ferencvaros and will have to see the game out from home. Philippe Coutinho, too, has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.
The full list consists of: Neto, Inaki Peña, Arnau Tenas; Dest, Roberto, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba, Firpo; Busquets, de Jong, Puig, Aleña, Pedri, Pjanic; Griezmann, Messi, Trincão, Dembele, Fati
Barcelona will come into this game on the back of a humiliating defeat at the hands of their worst rivals, Real Madrid. This game will be important for the team to build morale, and convince fans that they can take on the best of the best.
If Ronald Koeman wants to establish himself as a legend from the sidelines as well, he needs to show excellent game management, which was missing against Real Madrid. The Bianconeri are going through a tough phase right now, having gone winless in three Serie A games on the bounce, and Barcelona must take advantage of their poor form and low morale tomorrow.
Barça midfielder Aleña speaks following his first start in nearly a year
Carles Aleña started his first game for Barça in nearly a year. His last start for his boyhood club came in December 2019 against Inter Milan, and Ronald Koeman selected him against Dynamo Kyiv after injuries decimated his squad. After his impressive display, Aleña spoke to the media.
“I’m very happy to return to the field. We played a great game and we took advantage of our chances.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
Aleña ended his ordeal with a near-Man of the Match performance away to the Ukrainians. The Spanish youngster was his team’s metronome and misplaced one solitary pass. His pass map is a joy to behold and the midfielder deserves a lot of recognition for that display.
📸 — Aleñá’s pass map against Kyiv tonight.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 24, 2020
Not a back-passer at all. pic.twitter.com/Ah5QrsgW3N
At the beginning of the year, Ronald Koeman did not fancy Aleña at all. He and Riqui Puig were ostracised, but the two of them showed a lot of resilience against Kyiv. Hopefully, their coach opens his eyes.
“Playing with the first team requires a lot of hard work.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
We will have to wait and see whether Koeman is on the same page with the fans regarding Aleña’s performance. One thing is clear: the 22-year-old can play a crucial role in the team if used correctly.