After a disappointing and controversial draw against Espanyol on the weekend, Barcelona will be looking to redemption in an unfamiliar territory when they take on Intercity in the Copa del Rey round of 32.
Xavi has changed every single player in the starting lineup from the weekend, starting with the goalkeeper. Inaki Pena gets his first start as Barcelona’s traditional backup goalkeeper after being promoted recently.
He is guarded by Ronald Araujo, who return to play a football match for the first time since 23rd September. Jules Kounde joins him in central defence, with Jordi Alba flanking them on the left side. His compatriot, Hector Bellerin, takes over responsibility on the right.
In midfield, we will see captain Sergio Busquets make his 73rd appearance in the Copa del Rey. Pablo Torre gears up for his second-ever start in Barcelona colours, while Franck Kessie rounds off the trident.
Finally, with Robert Lewandowski rested, Memphis Depay has been tasked with the centre-forward role. Ferran Torres replaces Ansu Fati on the left-wing, with Ousmane Dembele taking over the right side of the attack.
🚨 Barça XI 🚨 pic.twitter.com/Wl50IZJOL6— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 4, 2023
Confirmed Barça XI:
Ferran · Memphis · Dembele
Torre · Busquets · Kessie
Alba · Kounde · Araujo · Bellerin