Luis Enrique could use this XI against Athletic

These are the players who could start at San Mames

Luis Enrique could use this XI against Athletic
Luis Enrique could use this XI against Athletic

These are the players who could start at San Mames

Luis Enrique will need to replace Gerard Pique (sanction) and Neymar (illness) for Barcelona's La Liga opener this Sunday at San Mamés. The manager has been training with an specific XI on Saturday's morning.

According to Mundo Deportivo, these are the players that formed Lucho's XI in training: Bravo, Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Messi, Luis Suárez i Rafinha.

These are the main topics to comment according to this line-up.

  • Bravo. The Chilean would win his particular battle against Ter Stegen.
  • Bartra. The young centre-back will be the chosen one to replace Piqué.
  • Jordi Alba. No Vermaelen needed in the left-back. Jordi Alba is ready.
  • Rafinha. He will play Neymar's role... or even Pedro's. Luis Enrique will use him upfront.