The ex-Arsenal star will partner Iniesta and Messi up front for the Catalans, while the Brazilians drop Elano for extra defensive stability the Club World Cup final
The ex-Arsenal man is one of five new faces in the Blaugrana team, after Pep Guardiola opted to make changes for the side's 4-0 semi-final victory over Al Sadd on Thursday. Dani Alves, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets all return to first-team action after being rested for the first clash.
Santos coach Muricy Ramalho makes just one change from the side which overcame Kashiwa Reysol in the semi-final. Veteran full back Leo comes back into the team for Elano and moves to the left flank. This means Durval, who played as a stop-gap out wide against the Japanese, moves back in to the middle to resume his partnership with Edu Dracena, while Bruno Rodrigo completes a three man central defence.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes; Dani Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal; Busquets, Xavi, Thiago; Iniesta, Messi, Fabregas.
Santos (5-3-2): Rafael; Danilo, Edu Dracena, Durval, Leo; Henrique, Arouca, Ganso; Neymar, Borges.
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