Cornella vs Barcelona Messi suspended

Cornella and Barcelona go head-to-head in the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey on Thursday night.

The Blaugrana are expected to go through in the one-off encounter, although Cornella’s elimination of Atletico Madrid in the previous round together with Real Madrid’s shock exit to Alcoyano will serve as enough of a warning as to what can happen if complacency kicks in.

Ronald Koeman has made several changes to his usual starting line-up, most notably the inclusion of young Ilaix Moriba.

Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati and Sergino Dest are still injured while Leo Messi is suspended.

Barcelona’s starting XI: Neto, Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet, Junior Firpo, Miralem Pjanic, Riqui Puig, Ilaix Moriba, Francisco Trincao, Antoine Griezmann, Martin Braithwaite.



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