Barcelona face the biggest test of the post-Lionel Messi era as they start their Champions League group stage by hosting Bayern Munich.
The German champions have made a solid, predictable start to the new season, hammering last year’s Bundesliga runner-up RB Leipzig 4-1 this weekend to move within two points of first place in the league table. beginnings.
New boss Julian Nagelsmann isn’t the only one to arrive from Leipzig, with Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer also trading the Red Bulls for the Bavarians, while Barcelona begin their own rebuilding at a significantly lower cost.
Memphis Depay has started the campaign well for his new club, but rather than having Messi and Antoine Griezmann as attacking partners the other new addition is Luuk de Jong up front and neither Sergio Aguero nor Ansu Fati are fit yet. to play.
Here’s everything you need to know about Clash of the Giants this week.
When is the match?
The match will start at 8 p.m. BST on Tuesday at Camp Nou in Barcelona.
Where can I watch it?
All Champions League and Europa League matches are broadcast again on BT Sport this season. This game will be live on BT Sport 3 and subscribers will be able to stream it through the BT Sport website or desktop app.
What is the news of the team?
Barcelona are missing four strikers Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite, Ansu Fati and newcomer Sergio Aguero. Jordi Alba and Sergino Dest are also uncertain at the back, while Ronald Koeman has to decide whether to bring Philippe Coutinho back into the fold or trust young Yusuf Demir with a start in a huge game.
Bayern Munich are deprived of winger Kingsley Coman and midfielder Corentin Tolisso, but should happen otherwise, Serge Gnabry being only a minor doubt.
FCB – Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Piqué, Araujo, Alba; Busquets, F de Jong, Pedri; Demir, Memphis, L de Jong
BAY – New; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski
This Barcelona side lack key attacking options and are a shadow of themselves anyway. They are a worse side than the one wiped out 8-2 by Bayern just 13 months ago in Lisbon, although they will likely stop things from deteriorating at home. Barcelona 1-3 Bayern.