VIGO (Sporting Alert) — Striker David Villa returns to the bench for Barcelona when they take on Celta Vigo in the Spanish La Liga at Balaidos.
Villa has been in good form lately, but was given a rest on the bench today after starting for Spain in their last two World Cup clashes.
Also on the bench are Andres Iniesta Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets, who were all involved for their respective countries in World Cup qualifiers this week, while midfield playmaker Xavi has been ruled out because of an injury.
Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez, and Cristian Tello lead the attack, while Thiago Alcantara, Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas are in midfield.
Gerard Pique and Marc Bartra are at centerback with Martin Montoya starting at left-back and Jose Pinto in goal.
South Korean Chu-Young Park heads the Celta Vigo attack and Danijel Pranjic start in midfield as they look to improve on their season so far.
Celta vs FC Barcelona Team
FC Barcelona: Pinto, Montoya, Bartra, Pique, Alves, Fabregas, Song, Thiago, Sanchez, Messi, Tello.
Subs: Olazabal, Abidal, Busquets, Iniesta, Mascherano, Deulofeu, Villa.
Celta Vigo: Varas, Lago, Cabral, Demidov, Jonny, Insa, Oubina, Orellana, 11. Danijel Pranjic, Fernandez, Chu-Young Park.
Subs: Blanco, Bellvis, Madinda, Vila, Bermejo, de Lucas, Toni.