Ten players from Spanish La Liga leaders, Barcelona, have been listed by head coach of Catalonia side, Johan Cryuff, for the international friendly against Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Wednesday evening. Also in the squad to face the Eagles are seven players from Espanyol FC, whose ground will host the encounter.
From the Catalan giants come Barcelona first choice goalie, Victor Valdes, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Martin Montoya, Sergio Roberto, Christian Tello and Marc Bartra.
From Espanyol, there will be Joan Verdi, Joan Capdevilla, Sergio Garcia, Kiko Casilas, Raul Rodriguez, Victor Sanchez, and Sergio Tejera. Others in the team list are AC Milan’s Bojan Rkic, Getafe’s Alvaro Vazquez, Jordi Amat and Francesco Medina ‘Piti’ both of Rayo Vallecano and Red Bulls Zalburg’s Jonathan Soriaro.
But head coach of the Nigerian side, Stephen Keshi is confident his boys will give it their best shot. “These are big names no doubt but our players know that names don’t play football these days, we will just go out there and give our best against them”.
The match which was earlier scheduled to begin 9pm, has now been brought forward, as it would now be played at 7pm, Nigerian and Spanish time from 9pm at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat.