BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Neymar starts alongside Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez for Barcelona in their Group H Champions League opener against Ajax at Camp Nou.
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Left on the bench were Xavi and Pedro, with manager Gerardo Martino opting to start with Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta in his midfield.
Gerard Pique is again being partnered by holding midfielder Javier Mascherano at center-back, while Adriano starts at left-back.
Former Barcelona forward Bojan, still searching for his best form, starts for Ajax, with Christian Poulsen, Siem de Jong and Lerin Duarte all starting for the Dutch side as well.
Barcelona v Ajax
FC Barcelona: Valdés, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Alves, Fàbregas, Iniesta, Busquets, Sánchez, Messi, Neymar
Subs: Pinto, Montoya, Bartra, Xavi Hernández, Song, Pedro, Tello.
Subs: Cillessen, Van der Hoorn, Schøne, Serero, Fischer, Sana, Hoesen.