Preview: Copa del Rey - Semifinal, leg 1 - Atletico Madrid Vs FC Barcelona

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Barcelona, Jan 31: Barcelona went ahead with their training session without injured midfielders Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets for the first leg of the Copa del Rey football semi-finals against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday, February 1.

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While Iniesta and Busquets missed the workout session, the return of central midfielder Rafinha was good news for the coach, reports Efe.

From left: Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique

The session was led by Luis Enrique just one day after the 1-1 away La Liga tie against Real Betis, which widened the gap behind leader Real Madrid to four points.

Barca will return to training on Tuesday before Enrique holds a presser for the match.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has decided to go with an attacking line by including Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann for the tie.

The lineup also includes Juanfran Torres as winger and Gabi Fernandez in midfield, reports Efe.

First indicators show the possibility of three new shuffles in the lineup and some modification in positions.

Changes include positioning Stefan Savic in the centre of the defence instead of injured Jose Maria Gimenez, deploying Juanfran Torres on the right side instead of Argentine Nico Gaitan, placing Gabi in centre midfield after serving his suspension and pulling Kevin Gameiro out of the lineup.

These changes will lead to two tactical moves as Carrasco will be an attacking winger and Koke Resurreccion will return to the left.


Story first published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 14:06 [IST]
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