17 April 2012

22 players named to the squad ahead of the Stamford Bridge clash

Guardiola named 18 first-team players plus Barça B's Oier, Montoya, Bartra and Tello to Barça's Champions League team.

Seydou Keita, who missed the match against Levante, received medical clearance to play this Monday.

Afellay, who was cleared to play last week, was named to the team for the first time since he picked up his injury in September.

Josep Guardiola has named 22 players to the Barça team for the Champions League semifinals. The manager named all 18 first-team players plus Barça B’s Oier, Montoya, Bartra and Tello to the squad for the match against Chelsea this Wednesday. Seydou Keita, who was given medical clearance to play this Monday, and Ibrahim Afellay, the first time the Dutchman has been named to a squad since his injury this past September, both got the nod from the manager.

Before departing for London, the 22 players named to the FC Barcelona team and Marc Muniesa trained at the Camp Nou. As usual in Barça’s away games in the Champions League, Guardiola is taking a third keeper, Oier. On another note, it’s worth mentioning that Puyol and Mascherano are just one yellow card away from suspension.

The team travelled to London this Monday afternoon and will not return to Barcelona until Thursday, two days before the Clásico with Real Madrid. (via FCBarcelona.com)