Barca B team face Hospitalet challenge

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Barcelona face a Copa del Rey test tonight when Pep Guardiola's side travel to Hospitalet.

The rearranged first leg provides some problems for the La Liga champions, with the international break meaning South American stars such as Lionel Messi are unavailable for the match.

However, Vicente del Bosque has granted the Spanish national players special dispensation to play at the Estadio Municipal Feixa Llarga in an unprecedented move just three days before the friendly against England at Wembley.

Competition rules mean at least seven players from Barca's first team squad must be involved, meaning David Villa is expected to start up-front whilst Anders Iniesta and Seydou keita are also in-line to play in midfield.

“It’s a game to enjoy as we are playing against the best team in the world, but we must go into it very hopeful to see if we can spring a surprise,” said Hospitalet midfielder Pitu, who spent nine-years at the Nou Camp in the club's academy.

“We like to have the ball but against Barca it is almost impossible to have it because you can’t get it off them.

"Therefore, we will have to try and do a good job defensively and when we do get the ball try not to lose it. If we get two or three chances then we need to make the most of them.”

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