Last session before El Clásico
On the day before yet another Clásico, the fourth official one and the fifth in total this season, Xavi Hernández has named his squad. A win would open the gap at the top of the Liga table to a practically unassailable 12 points but a defeat would narrow it to six. So there is a lot at stake in the Sunday 9pm CET kick-off. The full list of players is this as follows: Ter Stegen, Araujo, Sergio, Gavi, Lewandowski, Ansu Fati, Ferran, Iñaki Peña, Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Jordi Alba, Kessie, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, Raphinha, Kounde, Eric, Balde, Pablo Torre, Arnau Tenas and Alarcón. The squad was announced shortly after the team had trained for the last time before the game. The venue on Saturday morning was the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva, where the first team regulars were joined by Eder Aller of the U16 squad and Martin Georgiev and Gerard González of the U19s.