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Barca Announce Squad For Downs Clash

FC Barcelona Announce Squad For Mamelodi Sundowns Clash

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By David Kappel - May 15, 2018 08:26 PM @kappilinho

LaLiga champions FC Barcelona have announced their travelling squad for the trip to South Africa, where they will face Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday. Find out if the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho made it.

Read: Barca Boss Hints Messi To Play 45 Mins Vs Downs

The Catalan giants will play the Premier Soccer League side in the clash of the champions on Wednesday at 18h15.

The Blaugrana travel to SA following their first LaLiga defeat of the campaign against Levante on Sunday, for which Messi was rested.

Ernesto Valverde has included Messi in the squad to face Sundowns, along with Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta.

Here is Barca's full squad:

Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Dembélé, Coutinho, Paulinho, Alcácer, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal,  Yerry Mina, Aleñá (26), R. de Galarreta (40) i J. Cuenca (41)

Only the injured Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen stayed behind in Barcelona.

The squad had one final training session on Tuesday evening before heading towards SA. Messi, though, was working in isolation and it remains to be seen whether he will play against Sundowns.

Read: Brazil Announce 23-man World Cup Squad

This is the second time Downs and Barca will face each other, after the Spaniards beat the PSL champions 2-1 in a friendly back in 2007.

What's your prediction for this match? Have your say in the comments section below.


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barca-baccaneers May 16, 2018 04:37 PM
i wish i could take the rules to a competitive match
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leendomint May 16, 2018 03:36 PM
Barcelona announce 1St eleven to face Sundowns :Cillessen , Sergio, Denis, Alcácer ,Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vida, Yerry Mina , Aleñá ,J. Cuenca
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Bhelekhulu May 16, 2018 12:47 PM
@Bucsfever16 you are a true soccer fan, only man like you can tell the truth about how to support south african football. Thank you man.
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leendomint May 16, 2018 12:46 PM
@Bucsfever16 Jah it wont,
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Bhelekhulu May 16, 2018 12:37 PM
@kingMzu84 he use his profit not the mines budget, do you understand how to run business or you just talking. Why dont you blame that he donate too much money to fellow south africans, or he sponsored the development of soccer in mzatsi like Motsepe league? Some people are jeolous, I am sorry if I am wrong.
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Mfundo vs Ndo May 16, 2018 11:54 AM
I can't wait to see fake champions vs world xhampions
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NONKOLOSA May 16, 2018 11:29 AM
I cant watch this game,because Barca will play alone,I will watch Skeemsam,Rhythmcity and Scandal
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NONKOLOSA May 16, 2018 11:23 AM
Barcelona 5-0 Sundowns
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atlijozi May 16, 2018 10:29 AM
No need for Messi the G.O.A.T 2 be part of dis useless game, he has more interesting games to be concerned abt, like the World Cup next month..Visca Barca...
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kingMzu84 May 16, 2018 10:21 AM
Motsepe is spending more money on sundowns bt his mine workers r being payed peanuts(5000-7000) monthly
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chiefs is useless May 16, 2018 10:20 AM
Mr editor I'm not a Messi or Barca fan tell me why should I be exited about this afternoon training session ?
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chiefs is useless May 16, 2018 10:16 AM
As a Ronaldo fan i don't recognise messi and I don't want to discuss this any further with domkops
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chiefs is useless May 16, 2018 10:14 AM
Lol some fau fans are funny Chiefs can't afford to book a venue for the awards how on earth can they afford to bring real Madrid to South Africa ? Mxm
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chiefs is useless May 16, 2018 10:11 AM
Osksalayo Ronaldo is better than messi ,go argue with your go go!
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Mandie07 May 16, 2018 09:53 AM
Ohk
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Bucsfever16 May 16, 2018 09:43 AM
@mosekaphofu maggosim : thanks my juju..much appreciated!!
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mosekaphofu maggosim May 16, 2018 09:37 AM
@Bucsfever16 .. well said juju
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dellah May 16, 2018 09:36 AM
Barca arrived earlier on please wash & wear behave yourself and stop stealing, I'm begging you
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Bucsfever16 May 16, 2018 09:34 AM
@leendomint : ha haa haaa exactly...but we both know it won't happen that way akere
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Bucsfever16 May 16, 2018 09:28 AM
@Khaya Shozi : personally I think Downs have the ability to match Barca pound for found...Downs players need to go out and play their normal game,the Sundowns way,the Mzansi way...and not get intimidated by Barca's big name players...indeed the first stages of the game will be very crucial and Downs need to be very much alert not to concede early to avoid playing under pressure of having to come from behind against a team of high quality like Barca.

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