Espanyol’s 1-0 victory in the first leg of their Copa del Rey tie against Barcelona has left the Blaugrana needing a comeback in front of their own fans at the Camp Nou. Barcelona needs the strong squad against the Espanyol because Espanyol is such a strong team that can get a victory against best clubs in the world. Philippe Coutinho is in line to make his Barcelona debut after Ernesto Valverde included him in a Blaugrana squad for the first time which is a boost for the Blaugrana sides. All eyes will be on Coutinho, however, as the ex-Liverpool man prepares for the chance to play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez for the first time.
Yesterday’s game against Real Madrid vs Leganes, Leganes has dumped out Madrid from the quarter-final of Copa del Rey first time in the history. The similar situation might face the Barcelona. Espanyol had already the plus point as they need to defend well and counter-attack against the Lethal team Barcelona which can punish them if make a small mistake.
The playmaker has been included in a 19-man list as the Blaugrana attempt to recover a one-goal Copa deficit, while Yerry Mina is also in the squad. The equalizer in the Camp Nou will let Espanyol go through the quarter-final. so, Barcelona needs to defend well as Javier Mascherano is not available for this game.