Barcelona team news: Piqué on the bench, Mathieu and Arda start

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Barcelona team news: Piqué on the bench, Mathieu and Arda start

Barcelona team news: Piqué on the bench, Mathieu and Arda start

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Luis Enrique has opted for an alternative back four with Gerard Pique starting on the bench while Arda Turan has been elected to fill the boots of Andres Iniesta.

Luis Enrique has named a centre-back pairing of Jeremy Mathieu and Samuel Umtiti as Barcelona travel to Eibar to take on José Luis Mendilibar's side at the Ipurua. Gerard Pique has been rested for the trip but is named on the bench alongisde the likes of Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez, who could not convince Enrique to start them despite the absence of Andres Iniesta.

Pique has been named on the bench for Barcelona's trip to Eibar

ENTRENAMIENTO BARCELONAPique has been named on the bench for Barcelona's trip to Eibar

Do Barça miss Iniesta?

He has also named Arda Turan as Andres Iniesta's replacement and he will join Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets in the Catalans three-man midfield. Barcelona have played 14 times without their midfield maestro and have won ten, drawn three and lost one of those games. The game they lost was against Manchester City (3-1) in the Champions League.

Neymar Suarez and Messi start up front as per usual and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen returns to goal after Jasper Cillessen played in Barça's Copa del Rey game against Real sociedad during the week.

Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta arrives for a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona

FBL-EUR-C1-BARCELONA-TRAININGBarcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta arrives for a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona

Barcelona's confirmed XI

Ter Stegen, Alba, Mathieu, Umtiti, Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Arda Turan, Rakitic, Neymar, Suarez, Messi.

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