The Barça manager has named a total of 19 players, the 15 from the first team plus four reserves, for Saturday’s league encounter away to Mallorca. Due to so many missing defenders, Guardiola has had to make a special effort to cover for players in that area, and therefore has called upon Montoya and Bartra. He also once again named Muniesa and Tello in the list.

After a day’s rest, the players trained today on pitch number one at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the last session before they set off for Mallorca where tomorrow’s game kicks off at 18.00.

Travel plans

They are heading for Mallorca late this afternoon. They will meet on the forecourt at the Camp Nou at 18.15 for a transfer to El Prat airport. From there will fly out to the islands, arriving around about 19.35. Once in Palma de Mallorca, they will be taken directly to their hotel.

The squad

Valdés, Pinto, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Keita, Busquets, Pedro, Cuenca, Tello, Muniesa, Montoya and Bartra.

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