Copa del Rey Semis: Messi starts for Barca v Real Sociedad

BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez all start for Barcelona in tonight’s Copa del Rey semi-final first leg clash against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.

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Barcelona will be hoping to take an advantage into next week’s second leg clash, and they will start firm favorites to do so as well.

Messi will lead the attack alongside Sanchez and Pedro, with Fabregas, Xavi and Sergio Busquets in the three man midfield.

Gerard Pique will be partnered at the back by Javier Mascherano.

Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has called on his team to rebound from the weekend’s shocking league defeat, adding: “I hope we won’t have any more slip ups.”

Meanwhile, Mexican forward Carlos Vela is amongst the starters tonight for the traveling Real Sociedad.

Barcelona XI: Pinto, Piqué, Fàbregas, Xavi, Pedro, Alexis, Messi, Mascherano, Sergio, Jordi Alba and Alves.
Subs: Valdés, Puyol, Iniesta, Tello, Song, Sergi Roberto, Adriano.

Real Sociedad XI: Zubikarai, Gonzalez, Iñigo Martínez, Ansotegui, Jose Angel, Gazta, Zaldua, Urkola, Zurutuza, Griezmann, Vela.

Reporting by WALTER-HOYOS

Walter Hoyos joins SportingAlert as contributor for Spanish football and the Spain national team. I like to travel, one of the favourite things on my list, but I also like to just spend time with family and friends when I am not covering football games. Hope to dump into some of my readers some day.

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