The start of Barcelona’s rebuilding is a big test in the middle of the week as the somewhat deposed La Liga giants welcome Bayern Munich to the Champions League.
Both clubs are expected to progress in Group E, with Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv the other teams in the quartet, but there is a rift between the German and Spanish sides right now and Ronald Koeman needs to find a way to bridge that continuity and star name. that Bayern and Barca had.
They haven’t played for almost three weeks, as the weekend’s fixture with Sevilla was postponed due to the late return of the South Americans after the international break, while Bayern overtook last season’s runner-up. , RB Leipzig, with a 4-1 victory.
For many fans and neutrals, the merciless blow the Bavarian club gave their Catalan Champions League counterparts just over a year ago when the football project restarted will be remembered again – and that was before Lionel Messi left Camp Nou.
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.