Coaching staff announces list of players going to Italy for Wednesday’s Champions League opener
FC Barcelona are taking 20 players to Rome, Italy as they open play in Group E of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday at 8.45pm CET. Gerard Piqué, who still has one game left to serve of a four-game suspension in La Liga, has been included in the squad for the match versus AS Roma.
The complete list: ter Stegen, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Munir, Jordi Alba, Sandro, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Mathieu, Masip, Gumbau and José Suárez.
Staying behind in the Catalan capital are: Douglas, Dani Alves, Bravo and Vermaelen. Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal cannot participate in European competition until 1 January 2016.
Last training session at Ciutat Esportiva
Following Saturday’s 2–1 victory over Atlético de Madrid at the Vicente Calderón and a well-earned day off on Sunday, the team returned to training on Monday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Everyone available took part, plus Barça B goalkeeper Jose Suarez and Under 19 player Carles Aleñà. The team’s next workout will be on Tuesday afternoon at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
A closer look at past continental performance of the Italian team, FC Barcelona’s next adversary in the UEFA Champions League
Infographic: AS Roma in European competition
We take a look at how Football Club Barcelona’s main La Liga rivals fared in the third week of play and the effect it had on the standings
La Liga – Round 3
HOME – AWAY
Friday 11 September
Levante 1 – 1 Sevilla
Saturday 12 September
Espanyol 0 – 6 Real Madrid
Sporting 0 – 1 Valencia
Atlético 1 – 2 BARÇA
Betis 1 – 0 Real Sociedad
Sunday 13 September
Granada 1 – 3 Villarreal
Athletic 3 – 1 Getafe
Celta 3 – 3 Las Palmas
Málaga 0 – 0 Eibar
Monday 14 September
R. Vallecano v Deportivo (8.30pm CET)
There’s no denying that FC Barcelona earned a day off following Saturday’s dramatic come-from-behind victory over La Liga rivals Atlético de Madrid at the Vicente Calderón Stadium in the Spanish capital.
The next stop on the Catalan Express is Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League opener at AS Roma (8.45pm CET). Since we have already taken a look at how Barça’s fellow Group E rivals fared over the weekend in their own domestic leagues, it’s now time to see how things turned out with FC Barcelona’s La Liga adversaries as play in the 2015/16 Spanish First Division wraps up week three.
Celta, Eibar cede top spot
Luis Enrique‘s former team, Celta de Vigo drew 3–3 on Sunday evening with visiting Las Palmas despite running out to an early 2–0 lead on a penalty kick by midfielder Fabián Orellana and another goal from Daniel Wass. Sergio Araujo got one right back for Las Palmas before Nolito stretched the Celta lead to 3–1 in the 48th minute. But Araujo struck again in the 61st and defender David Simón notched the equaliser in the 74th, sending both teams on to week four with a point. Celta are now in third place and are just one of four teams with seven points.
In the late game on Sunday night Eibar were also held to a point in a scoreless deadlock at Málaga and are now in fifth place, also with seven points.
Real Madrid win at Espanyol
FC Barcelona’s cross-town rivals RCD Espanyol had a tough day on Saturday afternoon, surrendering six goals to Los Blancos, five of which came from the boot of Cristiano Ronaldo including three before the game was 20 minutes old. Karim Benzema added one for Madrid, who finish week three in second place, with seven points — and a sizeable goal differential as well — two behind leaders FC Barcelona but ahead of Celta and Eibar.
Also on Saturday Paco Alcácer scored in injury time as Valencia squeaked by at Sporting 1–0. Los Che are still undefeated but, with two draws in their first two games they’ve only managed to bag five points, good enough for seventh place.
Villarreal roll over Granada
On Sunday, Villarreal won 3–1 at Granada on second-half goals from Manu Trigueros, Cédric Bakambu and Samu García en route to a valuable three points that give the Yellow Submarine a total of seven and sole possession fourth place.
LA LIGA TABLE
Follow LIVE from the Ciutat Esportiva as Xavi Llorens’ squad play their second league match of the season in the Women’s First Division
At 5.30pm CET on Sunday watch live as the FC Barcelona Women face Levante.
A different look at the Catalans’ turnaround at the Vicente Calderón
Take a look at the other side of Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona.