Potential Barcelona lineup against Espanyol

Posted February 05, 2018

A late equaliser by Gerard Pique helped Barcelona secure a point at Espanyol on Sunday, as they set a club record of 22 games unbeaten at the start of the La Liga season.

Lionel Messi came off the bench to cross for Pique's 83rd-minute header, which cancelled out Gerard Moreno's opener and kept Barca's unbeaten La Liga record intact.

The opener came after Espanyol had a goal disallowed in the 47th minute after Leo Baptistao was judged to have run the ball out of play before cutting it back to Esteban Granero who found the net.

Espanyol moved to their new stadium in the town near Barcelona in 2009 after previously playing at the Olympic Stadium in Catalonia's capital.

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The afternoon's pantomime villain, Pique, who had been on the receiving end of a constant barrage of abuse from the home supporters following the defender's comments earlier in the week, was able to latch his head onto a fizzing free-kick from the Argentine super-sub and nod home to further decrease his popularity inside the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat and level the scores.

Similarly, Rowe-Willcocks reported Espanyol are without injury worries and should have a full complement of players available to them. "That is disrespectful. Telling them to be quiet was the least I could do".

"Celebrating the goal was special after everything that's happened in the last week", added Pique. "I know it hurt them and I used sarcasm to annoy them".

"Some of the fans here have been directing insults at me and my family for a long time". I know a lot of Espanyol fans that are good people but those at the top don't report those insulting chants.

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Up ahead in midfield, we might see Valverde hand a rest to captain Andres Iniesta, with the veteran midfielder playing every single game lately.

"On our passes from defence the ball could get stuck in a puddle and that's why things got hard".

The centre-back made headlines after a recent Copa del Rey success against Espanyol by referring to the club multiple times as "Espanyol de Cornella" - a suburb of the Barcelona metropolitan area - rather than Espanyol de Barcelona.

"We have to repeat what we did in the cup match where we defended very well and didn't allow them many chances". We couldn't get all three points.

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