Barça find themselves facing a new opportunity to make people forget their problems. Ronald Koeman’s men are going to Lisbon to obtain their first Champions League triumph of the season, and thus improve the morale of the troops but also maintain a positive group dynamic.
After the heavy defeat conceded by Bayern Munich (0-3) on the first day, the blaugranas must absolutely bring back at least one point in their suitcases if they want to finish in the first two of a group of less easy, in company of Bayern Munich and Dynamo Kiev.
Koeman should more or less align the same team that largely beat Levante (3-0) on the last day of La Liga, marked by the great return of Ansu Fati who should start again on the bench. Barça’s attacking trio should once again be made up of the two Dutchmen Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong, accompanied by the Brazilian Coutinho.
Pedri and Sergi Roberto are making their return to the squad, but are unlikely to debut as a starter. Araujo could also make a comeback in the eleven, instead of García and Busquets should be accompanied by Frenkie and Gavi in midfield.
As for Benfica, the poor draw conceded on the lawn of Dynamo Kiev on the first day also forces them to achieve something, this time in its Luz stadium and in front of its home crowd.
All players in Jorge Jesus’ squad (except André Almeida) should be available to face Barça. The allied team against Kiev should be the one that will start the game against Barça on Wednesday, including a few players who know the competition well (Otamendi, Weigl, Verthonghen, Joao Mario …).
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Piqué, Araujo, Sergiño Dest; Frenkie de Jong, Busquets, Gavi; Coutinho, Luuk de Jong, Memphis Depay.