Real Murcia vs Barcelona 0-3 Highlights Download 24 October 2017 Copa Del Rey
Barcelona have left a host of first-team players behind as they travel to their third-tier opponents, including: Messi, Suarez, Iniesta, Umtiti, and Ter Stegen – among others. They also have five major absentees through injury in the form of: Vidal, Alba, Turan, Rafinha, and Dembele, leaving the door open for a host of young talent – including four Barcelona B players – to make an impression on Valverde tonight.
The La Liga leaders make their first appearance of the season in a competition that they have absolutely dominated in recent years, having won the last three titles successively, and having appeared in the final in seven of the last nine seasons, losing just two of those.
In stark contrast, Barcelona remain unbeaten in both the league and the Champions League so far this season, having won 11 of their 12 fixtures – their sole draw came in a fiercely contested game at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.
They are not in great form coming into this game either, with just one win from their last five games leaving them 16th in the table – in the relegation play-off place.
Tonight’s hosts – Real Murcia – are in the third tier of Spanish football – Segunda Division B -Group 4. They share a division with the’B’teams of La Liga strugglers Las Palmas, as well as Segunda Division teams Granada and Cordoba – who in turn share a division with Barcelona’s own’B’team.
Barcelona substitutes: Pique, Rakitic, Roberto, Ortola, Cucurella
Barcelona XI (4-3-3): Cillessen; Digne, Vermaelen, Mascherano, Semedo; Alena, Gomes, D. Suarez; Jose Arnaiz, Alcacer, Deulofeu
Real Murcia substitutes: Jara, Ribas, Armando, Sanchez, Chamorro
Real Murcia XI (4-4-2): Santome; Juanra, Orfila, Mateos, Ortiz; Molinero, Dominguez, Llorente, Escribano; Elady, Nadjib