Tito Vilanova has named 16 players for the opening cup match against Alavés, with five first team players rested and chances for Mascherano, Sergi Roberto and Oier
Pinto, Oier, Alves, Montoya, Song, Adriano, Mascherano, Bartra, Dos Santos, Sergio, Iniesta, Cesc, Sergi Roberto, Tello, Villa and Alexis
The 16 man squad for Barça’s game at Alavés in the Copa del Rey round of 32 has been announced. All of Valdés, Alba, Pedro, Xavi and Messi have been left out, but Mascherano, Sergi Roberto and Oier all get the nod after missing the game with Rayo. Barça B’s Tello is also included.
So five of the most commonly used players so far this season have not been selected. Valdés, Messi, Xavi and Pedro have hardly missed any first team action in the league and UCL, and will get some well-earned rest, while Jordi Alba has also played six straight matches and will sit this one out.
Training in the Miniestadi
The Monday morning session was a little different to usual as the squad was also required in the Camp Nou for the official photo session. So, they trained in the Miniestadi, with the full first team attending, and joined by reserves Tello, Oier and Sergi Roberto.