Barcelona coach Rijkaard defends choosing Crosas ahead of Motta
"I always must choose the players, and I have considered things position to position. When I have two options for a position, I must choose an option," explained Rijkaard.
"Crosas has worked hard in preseason. Thiago also, but this is how things have fallen. I have chosen this team list."
Rijkaard added: "Yes, we are one of the favorites for the Liga. But we must work hard to demonstrate it on the field every day."