Levante Hand Barcelona Copa Del Rey Shock

  • Levante Hand Barcelona Copa Del Rey Shock

Levante Hand Barcelona Copa Del Rey Shock

But the Barcelona boss appears ready to still count on the player and has hinted the Arsenal target could start in Thursday night's Copa Del Rey clash with Levante.

"The tie is open after Coutinho's goal", Busquets told reporters after the 2-1 loss.

And debutant Murillo is hoping Barca, without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on the night, can build on Coutinho's strike in the second leg.

Jeison Murillo and Chumi, afforded opportunities amid a raft of Barca changes, floundered at the heart of defence and the hosts took full advantage, storming to an early two-goal advantage thanks to Erick Cabaco and Borja Mayoral.

In the 18 man squad, most names are of the younger and academy players who are certainly going to get a chance to show their talent, however, there will be a few first teamers playing as well because Barcelona will certainly be looking to carry home a few away goals in the bag and need experienced men to do so.

Sevilla will take a commanding lead into the second leg on home soil after they defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-1 at San Mames.

Valverde added that he was "happy" with centre-back Murillo's first showing since signing on a six-month loan from Valencia but conceded it had been a "difficult test" for Miranda and Chumi, who were both substituted.

Coutinho has been left on the bench for Barcelona's last four league games, which has even provoked speculation about his future at the club.

"Denis is in a different position to Munir [El Haddadi], because Denis can play for us in any match and he is always available". I will say the same about Dembele.

"It's hard to come into the side, too, when you've not been playing [regularly] and you have less confidence and rhythm".