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Pedri keeps his place - How Barcelona could line up at Alaves

The 17-year-old's eye-catching display in midweek has made him a key member of Ronald Koeman's side

9:00am on Saturday 31st October 2020
Paul Macdonald

Barcelona's excellent result in the Champions League on Wednesday night against Juventus should see many of the key protagonists retain their positions.

Lionel Messi looked back to his best form in the contest and he seemed to link well with Antoine Griezmann and the Frenchman could well be retained, particularly given Philippe Coutinho's absence with a hamstring injury.

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Gerard Pique will return to the side after serving a suspension in the win in Turin, with Clement Lenglet alongside him. Boss Ronald Koeman may rotate on the flanks, with Sergino Dest back in in place of Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba on the left.

Ahead of him the double pivot of Miralem Pjanic and Frenkie De Jong both performed with distinction and so they will likely retain their positions ahead of Sergio Busquets.

Pedri, the 17-year-old star who is gradually developing into a superb player, will likely get more minutes, while Ansu Fati could start ahead of Ousmane Dembele.

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