Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil and several other regular starters are out of the lineup today as Jose Mourinho is clearly focused ahead on the Champions League. Raphaël Varane gets a second straight start and why not, he was superb on Tuesday. José Callejón and Álvaro Morata will get a chance to shine along with Kaka who's been playing very well of late.
Lionel Messi starts for Barcelona despite running a fever after the game of Tuesday. He's joined by David Villa who finally gets a start as Andres Iniesta drops back into the midfield as Cesc Fàbregas's expense. Thiago Alcântara is also in the lineup in place of the injured Xavi.
Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3): Victor Valdés; Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcântara, Andres Iniesta; David Villa, Lionel Messi, Pedro Rodriguez.