Ronald Koeman dropped Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen from the squad list that travelled to Budapest to take on Ferencvaros, so multiple changes were inevitable. Among all the changes, however, Martin Braithwaite has kept his spot in the team for a this game in a row, and starts again as the central striker.
Antoine Griezmann retains his place in the team as the no. 10, playing behind Braithwaite, with Ousmane Dembele and Fransisco Trincao complement him through the left and right flank respectively. Behind them, Miralem Pjanic and Sergio Busquets are partnered together in the double pivot.
Neto takes responsibility of the gloves in the absence of ter Stegen, and will be screened by the duo of Oscar Mingueza and Clement Lenglet – who starts the game against all odds. Jordi Alba and Sergino Dest will provide width from the back, as the starting fullbacks.
Confirmed Barcelona XI: Neto; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, Busquets; Trincao, Griezmann, Dembele; Braithwaite
Ronald Koeman has named the ideal mix of fringe players and starters for this game. It will be a huge chance for the likes of Trincao, Braithwaite, and Pjanic to etch their names into the manager’s good books, while it gives Neto the chance for redemption, who starts his first game since the disaster against Deportivo Alaves.