Luis Enqrique announces his team for Villarreal game with one big surprise
Barcelona are getting ready to play their first league of the new year with the game against Villarreal at El Madrigal.
Manager Luis Enrique has announced his team that would take charge of battling for a victory after a disappointing loss on Thursday.
One big name to e left of the team was Ivan Rakitic. It came as a big surprise to many, but admittedly, his influence in games has considerably dropped.
His omission today makes it the third straight league game he has missed after sitting on the bench against Osasuna and Espanyol.
In his place was Denis Suarez who turned 23 two days ago. Suarez arrived from Villarreal last summer and would be hoping to win over Enrique’s heart with a good performance tonight.
Reports say Rakitic has accepted the boss’ decision and is determined to continue working hard to win his spot on the team again.
Other players left out are Jeremy Matieu and Aleix Vidal while injured Jasper Cillessen wasn’t available for selection.
See full team selection: Ter Stegen, Masip, Piqué, Sergio, Denis Suárez, Arda, A. Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Rafinha, Mascherano, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes y Umtiti.
Kik off time is 8.45pm CET.