The competition has taken on renewed importance for Barcelona. Ronald Koeman is yet to win a trophy at Camp Nou as coach, and after the Supercopa de Espana final defeat to Athletic Bilbao he’ll be keen to ensure his players are on point.
— Granada CF ❤️⚪️ (@GranadaCdeF) February 3, 2021
Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid were both dumped out of the Copa unceremoniously by third-tier opposition, so the Catalans are now the clear favourites.
It’s their best chance of a trophy this season given they’ve been unconvincing in Europe and are ten points off the pace in La Liga.
🔵🔴 ¡Esta es nuestra alineación para hoy!
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— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) February 3, 2021
Sergi Roberto, injured and then positive for Covid-19, returns to the side at right-back, with Jordi Alba on the other side and the central defensive pair of Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo in between. Marc-Andre ter Stegen also returns to the team having normally been replaced by Neto for the Copa.
Sergio Busquets starts as the sole pivot, flanked either side by the in-form Frenkie de Jong and Pedri. Lionel Messi looks to be the one chosen to spearhead the attack with Francisco Trincao and Antoine Griezmann on the right and left respectively.