Barcelona welcome Levante to Camp Nou on Thursday night time realizing something however a win will see them exit the Copa del Rey on the spherical of 16 for the primary time in eight years.
Ernesto Valverde made wholesale modifications to his beginning XI within the first leg and can seemingly subject a a lot stronger aspect on Thursday night time, realizing their event life is on the road.
This is a take a look at how they may line up.
3. Goalkeeper and Defenders
Jasper Cillessen (GK) – Cillessen has been Valverde’s goalkeeper of selection in cup competitions this time period. He has began all three of their Copa del Rey ties and can be a shoo-in to retain his spot after impressing between the sticks in current shows.
Nelson Semedo (RB) – The 25-year-old has been out and in of Valverde’s aspect this season however has began all of their Copa del Rey fixtures.
Clement Lenglet (CB) – Lenglet has develop into a daily on the coronary heart of Barcelona’s defence and can seemingly retain his place in Thursday’s essential second leg.
Gerard Pique (CB) – Gerard Pique has not missed a minute of La Liga motion this yr however is but to function within the Copa del Rey. Nevertheless, with Valverde more likely to subject a powerful beginning XI, Pique might get his first minutes within the competitors on Thursday.
Juan Miranda Gonzalez (LB) – The 18-year-old has featured predominantly within the Barcelona B squad this season, however has began all three video games on this specific event and in addition performed the total 90 minutes towards Tottenham within the Champions League group phases.
Arturo Vidal (CM) – Vidal has featured closely within the Barcelona midfield this season and has failed to look in simply 5 video games all yr.
Arthur (CM) – The 22-year-old’s season was disrupted by damage early on, however with the Brazilian totally match as soon as extra, he’ll seemingly slot again in to the centre of Valverde’s midfield.
Ivan Rakitic (CM) – Regardless of solely taking part in 45 minutes of Copa del Rey soccer this yr, the World Cup finalist has registered three assists within the competitors already.
Lionel Messi (RW) – With Valverde set to convey out the large weapons, the Camp Nou pitch might be graced with the presence of Lionel Messi on Thursday night time, after the Argentine scored his 400th La Liga aim final trip towards Eibar.
Luis Suarez (ST) – Although he’s but to look within the Copa del Rey this season, Suarez is not any stranger to the competitors, and scored a brace in final yr’s ultimate.
Philippe Coutinho (LW) – Coutinho was the person who threw Barcelona a lifeline within the 85th minute of the primary leg as he tucked away a penalty to half his aspect’s deficit within the tie.