Ronald Koeman will take his Barcelona group to face Portuguese aspect Benfica within the second group stage recreation of this season’s Champions League.
Koeman, who’s future on the membership is reportedly underneath immense menace, suffered a 3-0 dwelling loss to Bayern Munich within the first recreation of the group levels, and can be trying to bounce again.
One constructive from latest instances at Barcelona has been the return of Ansu Fati. The wonderkid has been out for almost a complete 12 months by way of damage, but he is nonetheless solely 18, and he returned with a bang – scoring on his return after showing as an 81st minute sub.
A begin nonetheless appears somewhat means off, so Koeman will not have the ability to use Fati from the off in opposition to Benfica, though he could possibly be helpful choice off the bench if wanted.
How will Barcelona line up?
Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the undisputed primary, and can as soon as once more begin in objective. As for the again 4, an damage to Jordi Alba, and Alejandro Balde as effectively for that matter, signifies that Oscar Mingueza will play at right-back, with Sergino Dest as soon as once more enjoying because the left-back. The USA worldwide performed there within the win over Levante so it isn’t a completely new place for him.
Ronald Araujo and Gerard Pique is the almost certainly centre-back partnership, however Eric Garcia could also be handed a begin rather than Araujo.
Pedri is a doubt following an damage picked up in opposition to Bayern, that means a midfield double pivot of Frenkie de Jong, contemporary from league suspension, and Sergio Busquets can be utilised.
17-year-old Gavi has been given minutes by Koeman, and after impressing up to now, he could effectively begin on the appropriate, with Philippe Coutinho because the No.10, and Memphis Depay on the left.
Luuk de Jong will lead the road, with the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite injured, whereas, as talked about earlier than, Fati can be on the substitutes bench to start out with.