After Barça's lasttraining session before traveling toElche,LuisEnriqueannouncedthe squadfor the opening game of the second half of the league season.Thecoachnamed18playersto the squad for Saturday's6.00pm (CET) matchat the EstadioManuelMartínezValero. The list includes allfirst teamplayersavailableexceptMasipandRakitic, left out due to coach's decision, andthe injured Mathieu, Douglas and Vermaelen.
The list for Saturday's match at Elche includes: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Montoya, Piqué, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Adriano and Dani Alves.
Before the squad list was announced, FC Barcelona made their final preparations for the opening game of the second half of the league season with a workout that included all available first team players. LuisEnrique oversaw the group and JérémyMathieu worked out on his own while continuing to recover from an injury to his left Achilles tendon. Douglas spent the morning in physical therapy.
After the session and the announcement of the squad list, Luis Enrique will appear at his traditional pregame press conference at the CiutatEsportivaJoanGamper to talk about Saturday's match at the EstadioManuelMartínezValero. Kick-off is set for 6.00pm (CET).