BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Pedro keeps his place in the starting lineup for Barcelona for tonight’s La Liga season finale clash with Deportivo La Coruna. Defender Thomas Vermaelen makes debut.
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The Spanish forward will start alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar, as Luis Suarez continues to be out because of a hamstring injury.
Barcelona, on 93 points with one game left in the season, cannot be caught, and are the already confirmed champions.
Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is also named in the starting XI and will make his first appearance for the Spanish giants since his move last summer.
The 29-year-old has been bothered by a series of injuries since his arrival, but manager Luis Enrique is happy to finally hand the Belgian international his official debut for the club.
Vermaelen will play alongside Adriano, Marc Bartra and Jeremy Mathieu in the backline for Barca, who also starts veteran Xavi, who will be making his final La Liga appearance for the club at home.
Sergi Roberto and Rafinha will also start in the team, with Jordi Masip handed the starting place in-goal, with Claudio Bravo on the bench.
El Haddadi Munir could also get a run in the first team, while Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba are all on the bench.
With the Champions League final against Juventus and the Copa del Rey title game against Athletic Bilbao to come, Enrique decided to make changes.
First choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, defenders Gerard Pique and Dani Alves and midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets were all left out of the 18-man squad for game, but will be present to officially celebrate with the team during the trophy and medal presentations.