Barcelona without Messi and Neymar ahead of game with Atlético MadridThe two players will start the game from the bench
Barca’s stars will not start the biggest game of the season thus far in the Spanish league.
There are two surprises in the Gerardo Martino’s starting line-up: the absence of Messi and the absence of Neymar. In their places are Sánchez and Pedro.
Messi has only recently returned from a hamstring injury and played only half an hour in Barcelona’s last outing. Neymar, meanwhile, spent much of the week struggling with stomach problems and is yet to make a full recovery.
The two players will start from the bench in the game between La Liga's top two sides, both on 49 points.