NEWS
Saturday September 15 2018
Line-ups: Barcelona-Real Sociedad

Rafinha is given a rare start by Barcelona for their trip to Real Sociedad in La Liga this afternoon.

Rafinha forms part of a refreshed Barca midfield, which also includes Sergi Roberto as Nelson Semedo comes in at right-back.

Elsewhere, the Catalans' Holy Trinity of Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi rested during the international break and are included in the XI.

However, Malcom is still sidelined with an ankle injury, Philippe Coutinho is only a subsitute and Arthur is left out completely, the latter cases presumably on the grounds of fatigue.

La Real, meanwhile, picked up four points from their opening three games but play at the newly-renovated Anoeta for the first time this season.

Last season's 4-2 win in San Sebastian was Barca's first in the League for 10 years.

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Real Sociedad: Rulli; Zaldua, Aritz, Moreno, Theo; Illarramendi, Zubeldia, Pardo; Zurutuza; Oyarzabal, Juanmi

Subs: Merino, Moya, Gorosabel, Kevin, Bautista, Raul Navas, Sangalli

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, Rafinha; Messi, Suarez, Dembele

Subs: Busquets, Coutinho, Cillessen, Lenglet, Munir, Vidal, Vermaelen

Referee: Del Cerro Grande

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