Ronald Koeman characterized Barcelona’s game against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou in La Liga game week 35 as important, but not decisive. While this may seem to be an excuse, he may be right, given that Real Madrid and Sevilla have yet to face each other in the same game week and both teams seem to be exhausted beyond belief. Read more about Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid here.

The onus is on the 23 men selected to make a difference against Diego Simeone’s squad. Martin Braithwaite has returned to the squad and will be available for selection, much to the delight of Barça fans. In the club’s 3-5-2 setup, he could be useful, and he could even fill in for Antoine Griezmann if possible.

Ilaix Moriba has already been called up, as has been the case so far this season. For Koeman, the La Masia midfielder has become a starter off the bench, and he sees him as the first-choice substitute in the event of a squad transition.

Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman named his 23-man roster for the La Liga match against Atlético Madrid on Friday.

The game will begin at 16:15 CST on Saturday.

Diego Simeone’s team is still in the first place, but they are just two points clear of Barça, so a victory for Ronald Koeman’s SIDE will lift Atlético to the top of the table.

Barça’s coach announced a 23-man squad for the match on Friday, with the good news that Danish striker Martin Braithwaite has returned from injury.

The squad is as follows:

Ter Stegen, Dest, Piqué, R. Araujo, Sergio, Griezmann, Pjanic, Braithwaite, Messi, O. Dembélé, Riqui Puig, Neto, Lenglet, Pedri, Trincao, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, Umtiti, Junior, Ilaix Moriba, O. Mingueza and Arnau Tenas.

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