Team News: Barcelona vs Córdoba – David Villa Starts

BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) – As expected, striker David Villa is amongst the starters for FC Barcelona, but Lionel Messi was rested for the Copa Del Rey clash with Córdoba at the Camp Nou tonight.

Villa was tipped to start after manager Tito Vilanova left out several key players, including Pedro and Andrés Iniesta from the squad that was picked for the contest.

Alexis Sanchez will start alongside Villa tonight, with Thiago, Alex Song and Sergi Roberto also getting starting places.

Messi was amongst the substitutes and he sits beside first choice goalkeeper Víctor Valdés, midfielder Sergio Busquets, fullback Jordi Alba and Jonathan dos Santos.

Barcelona lead the two leg tie 2-0.

Barcelona vs Córdoba Starting Line-ups

FCBarcelona: Pinto, Alves, Cesc, Puyol, Mascherano, Thiago, Sergi Roberto, Montoya, Song, Villa, Alexis.
Subs: Víctor Valdés, Messi, Jonathan dos Santos, Bartra, Busquets, Jordi Alba, Tello.

Córdoba: Saizar, José Fernández, Gaspar, Kiko, Fuentes, López Garai, Caballero, López Silva, Fede Vico, Dubarbier, Rennella
Subs: Alberto García, Armando, Cristian, Javier Patiño, Pedro, Alberto, Abel.

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