BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — David Villa has been handed a starting place by Barcelona in today’s Spanish La Liga clash with Getafe at Camp Nou.
Villa, who was heavily linked with a move to English Premier League and Barcelona in January, starts in the attack along with Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez, with Pedro and Cesc Fabregas dropping to the bench.
Thiago, Alex Song and Andres Iniesta start in midfield with Sergio Busquets starting on the bench today.
Midfielder Xavi continues to be out because of an injury, while Adriano, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol and Jordi Alba all start.
Brazil full-back Dani Alves starts on the bench as well.
Barcelona: (4-3-3) 1. Victor Valdes, 18. Jordi Alba, 5. Carles Puyol, 3. Gerard Pique, 21. Adriano, 8. Andres Iniesta, 25. Alexandre Song, 11. Thiago Alcantara, 7. David Villa, 10. Lionel Andres Messi, 9. Alexis Sanchez
Getafe: (4-2-3-1) 13. Jordi Codina, 16. Sergio Escudero, 2. Alexis, 6. Alberto Lopo, 4. Miguel Torres, 5. Mehdi Lacen, 23. Borja Fernandez, 10. Jaime Gavilan, 17. Diego Castro, 19. Abdelaziz Barrada, 11. Adrian Colunga