Barcelona have released the squad list for their home game against Levante in gameweek 13 of La Liga. The team will host the Valencia outfit on the back of two consecutive defeats against Cadiz and Juventus respectively, in the hope to bounce back to winning ways.
There are no surprises in the list, with Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele out from injury. Dembele will be the first to return, in another week, if his injury does not worsen. Apart from these players, Ronald Koeman has named every possible member of the team for the match.
Samuel Umtiti made his return to the Barcelona squad against Juventus, and even got some minutes off the bench. He is part of this squad list, and could get further minutes to get back to match sharpness.
Matheus Fernandes, too, will be seen with the team. That said, it is highly unlikely he gets to come off the bench tomorrow, or anytime soon, in fact.
The full squad: ter Stegen, Neto, Inaki Pena; Dest, Lenglet, Umtiti, Mingueza, Araujo, Alba, Firpo; Coutinho, Aleña, Pedri, Pjanic, Puig, Busquets, de Jong, Matheus; Griezmann, Trincão, Braithwaite, Messi, Konrad
Absentees: Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele
Konrad de la Fuente is expected to feature in some capacity tomorrow given Barcelona’s lack of natural wingers. However, more importantly, it is finally time for Riqui Puig to show Koeman what his team has been lacking.
It is a diverse squad list, featuring 23 players, and that coupled with the fact that it is a home game should be incentive enough for Koeman to try out something different — hopefully a change in formation. His time at the helm is ticking away slowly and with the presidential elections soon, he must make the most of his time.