Barcelona training set to start against Granada
After quietly getting back into the La Liga title image, Barcelona need to focus on the Copa del Rey as they travel to face Granada in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Having lost the Super Cup final to Athletic Club, Barca will know this could be their best chance at domestic silverware this season, so Ronald Koeman will undoubtedly launch a strong side to try and secure a place in the semi-final. .
Let’s take a look at how it should settle down.
Neto (GK) – Neto has to wait for the cup competitions for his Barcelona minutes. Expect Marc-Andre ter Stegen to rest for this one.
Sergi Roberto (RB) – After two months, muscle injury and 26 positive COVID-19 tests, Roberto finally came back last time against Athletic, and he could be given the green light early on here.
Clement Lenglet (CB) – Having recently lost his place in the squad, Lenglet will be desperate to impress and force his return to the picture.
Ronald Araujo (CB) – Now one of the first names on the Barcelona squad sheet, Araujo will expect to keep his place.
Junior Firpo (LB) – Barcelona refused to offload Firpo in January, suggesting they still have a use for it. If it’s not that kind of game then I don’t know what it is.
Sergio Busquets (DM) – Suspended for the Athletic visit, Busquets should be impatient to go.
Riqui Puig (CM) – Puig’s only two starts of the season have come in this competition, and while he deserves more, he will have to settle for more minutes against Granada.
Miralem Pjanic (CM) – With a busy schedule in February, Frenkie de Jong could rest in favor of the disappointing Pjanic, who is not yet fully settled at Camp Nou.
Francisco Trincao (RW) – Another of those who haven’t started La Liga this season, Trincao needs to use minutes from cup competitions to work their way up the pecking order.
Lionel Messi (ST) – Messi is in red form these days and has been essential to Barcelona’s resurgence. Koeman will be reluctant to put it down just yet.
Antoine Griezmann (LW) – This could end up being Martin Braithwaite but Griezmann has been in good shape lately and deserves to keep his place in the squad.
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