25 January 2012

19 picked for clásico

Pep Guardiola has picked his 16 available first team players plus Cuenca, Dos Santos and Sergi Roberto to face Madrid. The team trained in the Camp Nou on the eve of the cup fixture.

Barça have picked the same 19 players that travelled to Malaga for the Copa del Rey quarter final second leg at home to Real Madrid, namely the 16 available first teamers plus Isaac Cuenca, Jonathan Dos Santos and Sergi Roberto from the B squad. The three players out with long-term injuries (Villa, Afellay and Fontàs) and Keita, who is at the African Nations Cup, are the only absentees.

Barça trained behind closed doors at the Camp Nou today. The players named in the squad for tomorrow’s fixture then went to stay the night together at Hotel W in Barcelona. On Wednesday morning they will return to the Camp Nou for another session to fine-tune matters before the clásico, which kicks off at 22.00. (via FCBarcelona.cat)