The central midfielder is the only surprise inclusion in a really strong line-up from the Blaugrana, who are looking to avoid the banana skin at their Catalan neighbours – who stunned Atletico Madrid in the previous round.
Ilaix Moriba, 18, makes his debut for Barcelona against Cornella in the Copa del Rey tonight in midfield alongside Riqui Puig & Pjanic
— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) January 21, 2021
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 21, 2021
Moriba is highly regarded as one of the brightest stars in the club’s youth ranks but he has not yet made a senior appearance for the Blaugrana.
The Guinea-born central midfielder most commonly plays in a playmaker role for Barca’s youth sides and he is one of La Masia’s brightest prospects and has put in a series of star appearances this year, as he becomes increasingly prominent in Barcelona news.
Neto in starts in goal in place of regular starter Marc-Andre Ter Stegen while Riqui Puig also gets a rare start alongside Moriba in the centre of the pitch.
However, Ronald Koeman has not rotated heavily with regulars such as Antoine Griezmann, Clement Lenglet and Ronald Araujo all in the starting line-up along with the likes of Oscar Mingueza, Miralem Pjanic and Martin Braithwaite.