Captain Carles Puyol makes his return to a Barcelona side in great need of defensive help, slotting in at left-back in place of the injured Adriano Correia. Partnering Gerard Pique at centre half, then, is ertswhile midfielder Javier Mascherano, while Dani Alves takes his usual position as Barcelona's spare right winger. Barcelona are very luck to have Puyol back, since they'd have been forced to play a partially fit Gabriel Milito at left back if the captain had remained unavailable.
With Andres Iniesta ruled out, Seydou Keita takes his place in midfield, but otherwise the froward two bands are exactly the way Pep Guardiola normally sets them out - a midfield trio with Sergio Busquets at the base and Xavi further forward, and a front line spearheaded by Lionel Messi with David Villa and Pedro flanking.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Victor Valdes; Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique, Dani Alves; Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Seydou Keita; David Villa, Lionel Messi, Pedro Rodriguez.
Substitutes: Jose Manuel Pinto, Jeffren Suarez, Gabriel Milito, Ibrahim Afellay, Andreu Fontas, Sergi Roberto, Thiago