Barcelona start their journey in the Champions League knockouts with the Round of 16 first leg clash against Lyon.
Ernesto Valverde has called up the following 21 players for the trip to France:
Barcelona will “suffer a lot” against Lyon unless they improve, said defender Gerard Pique.
“We were not the Barca we wanted to be. The result was good, the sensations were not,” Pique said. “If we don’t move the ball quickly, dominate the play and possession or create chances, we are a weaker team.”
Barcelona arrived in France last night and trained ahead of this crunch tie.
Barcelona have a number of absentees for the clash, with Thomas Vermaelen joining Arthur (hamstring), Rafinha (knee) and Jasper Cillessen (calf) on the sidelines.
Samuel Umtiti could get a game but will most likely not be risked. It means Lenglet will likely play alongside Gerard Pique in the heart of defence. Sergio Busquets will have Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic ahead of him in midfield. And with Suarez back in the side, Philippe Coutinho is expected to drop to the bench, with Messi and Ousmane Dembele completing the forward three.
Possible Lineups Statistical comparision
Lyon have drawn their last 5 matches (UEFA Champions League).
Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Lyon in all competitions.
Barcelona are undefeated in their last 6 matches (UEFA Champions League).
Barcelona are undefeated in their last 6 matches against Lyon in all competitions.