Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar and Gerard Pique will all be on the bus as Barcelona travel to Madrid on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night (13 April). Luis Enrique has included his MSN attacking trio and the Spanish centre-back in his 19-man squad, with the presence of the out-of-favour Douglas Pereira as the only unusual note. As expected, Rafinha Alcantara, Sandro Ramirez, Aleix Vidal, Thomas Vermaelen and Jeremy Mathieu all fail to make the roster due to various injuries.
The current Champions League title-holders visit the Vicente Calderon with a slight advantage, having beat Los Colchoneros 2-1 in the first leg at the Nou Camp. Luis Suarez scored two goals to give his side the victory after Fernando Torres opened the scoring for Atletico in the first half, just minutes before being sent off for a second bookable offence.
However, Barcelona arrive to the game under scrutiny, having seen their La Liga lead cut to just three and four points over Atletico and Real Madrid respectively after taking just one point from the last three games. This poor run includes consecutive defeats in El Clasico and at Real Sociedad this weekend, when Suarez was missed in attack due to suspension.
The situation deteriorated for manager Luis Enrique earlier this week when club revealed Vermalen and Rafinha had joined Mathieu, Vidal and Ramirez on the treatment table ahead of the European encounter, with Gerard Pique's participation also under question after the centre-back missed the first training session of the week.
However, it looks that the Barcelona boss will be able to deploy his gala XI at the Vicente Calderon after he named Pique, alongside the MSN, in his 19-man squad to travel to the Spanish capital. The centre-back completed Tuesday morning's training session without any problems.
Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic, who started on the bench during defeat to Real Sociedad, are also in the squad and the trio are expected to return to the Barcelona starting XI alongside Suarez on Wednesday night after they made the line-up in the first leg. Marc-Andre ter Stegen, meanwhile, is also ready to take the place of Claudio Bravo between the sticks as the German is Luis Enrique's first choice for the custodian role in the Champions League. The Barcelona travelling squad will arrive in the Spanish capital on Tuesday evening, with Luis Enrique and Javier Mascherano expected to address the media later today.