Barcelona’s quest for glory in the Champions League will see them take to the knockout rounds with a very similar squad as the group stages.
The Blaugrana were reportedly chasing the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Edinson Cavani during the January transfer window, but were unable to bring either player to the Camp Nou, meaning their only change is the inclusion of Rey Manaj, who was brought in last month from Albacete.
Champions League 2019/20: Five things to know about Barcelona…
- Domestic league position: 2nd, La Liga
- Champions League finish in 2018/19: Semi-finals
- 2019/20 Group finish: 1st (14 points), Group F
- Top scorer: Luis Suarez (3)
- Most assists: Lionel Messi (3)
Jean-Clair Todibo, Moussa Wague, Carles Alena, Carles Perez and Abel Ruiz have all dropped out from the initial squad after leaving Barcelona in the winter window, but they totted up just 356 minutes between them in the group stages. They have been replaced by Barcelona B players Kike Saverio and Sergio Akieme among others.
But how often they will play remains to be seen, with Barcelona still boasting a strong squad despite failing to add to it in January and even being without Luis Suarez for next few months. It’s been a strange season for Barcelona who, despite their standing in La Liga and qualification for the Champions League knockout stages, sacked Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with Quique Setien last month.
Setien’s task to win Barcelona’s first Champions League since 2015 sees them take on Napoli in the last-16, an interesting tie against a side who have also changed managers midway through the season.
After an initially tricky start having replaced Carlo Ancelotti, Gennaro Gattuso has Napoli in a decent run of form of late, recently beating Juventus in Serie A, and he will be looking to take that recent upturn into the Champions League.
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Barcelona’s 2019/20 Champions League squad:
Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Neto, Inaki Pena*, Arnau Tenas*
Defenders: Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Guillem Jaime*, Ronald Araujo, Dani Morer*, Sergio Akieme
Midfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Arturo Vidal, Riqui Puig*, Alex Collado*, Ferran Sarsanedas
Forwards: Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati*, Hiroki Abe, Kike Saverio, Rey Manaj
*Denotes those on Player List B – teams can register an unlimited number of players on their ‘List B’, providing they have been “eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday.”
Barcelona’s 2019/20 Champions League results so far
- 17/09/19: Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona
- 02/10/19: Barcelona 2-1 Inter Milan
- 23/10/19: Slavia Prague 1-2 Barcelona
- 05/11/19: Barcelona 0-0 Slavia Prague
- 27/11/19: Barcelona 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 10/12/19: Inter Milan 1-2 Barcelona