Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team for the 2011 UEFA Champions League final has been announced, and there are a couple of interesting things going on here. The big story is club captain Carles Puyol not making the starting eleven (assumedly due to injury, although he is on the bench), replaced at centre half by midfielder Javier Mascherano, something that Javier Hernandez will probably be quite excited about.
Eric Abidal makes a start at left back - the French international had been sidelined for months following surgery to remove a liver tumour, but he's back in the lineup now. It's good news for Barcelona there - he should be able to deal with the likes of Antonio Valencia more comfortably than an out-of-position Puyol, which is what the Catalans had been playing with before Abidal returned.
Substitutes: Oier Olazabal, Carles Puyol, Bojan Krkic, Seydou Keita, Ibrahim Afellay, Adriano, Thiago
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