The big game for Barcelona will continue to be tight and fast as they appear to be recovering from the El Clásico defeat when they face Juventus in Group G of the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The trip to Turin – a repeat of the 2015 final – comes just four days after Ronald Koeman’s side were beaten 3-1 at home by their worst rivals, leaving just one point from their last three home games.
However, Barcelona was much more convincing than the Champions League group in their opening match as there were five different players on record to beat Ferencvaros.
Here Sports Mole shows how Koeman can prepare his country for Wednesday’s showdown.
Barcelona’s current struggles are perhaps best summed up with a possible XI for this tie – a far cry from our usual stellar roster of five-time European champions.
This is especially true of defense, where Coman’s chances were further exhausted by Gerard Pique’s red card against Ferencvaros on the first day.
Pique’s suspension coupled with Samuel Umtiti’s injury-related absence mean Ronald Araujo is likely to be in the center of defense alongside Clement Lenglet.
Former Juventus goalkeeper Neto is expected to play again after Marc-Andre ter Stegen is sidelined through injury, while the signings of Sergino Dest and Jordi Alba are likely to occur in the second half of the season.
Ter Stegen, Alba, Pique, Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi were all in the Barca team that beat Juventus in the 2015 final, but at the moment it seems much weaker and only two of those quintets could start if Coman chose Frankie de Jong and Miralem Pjanic. – the summer arrival of Juve – in the middle of the park.
Stardust in Messi’s form is still gushing and all eyes will be on a possible reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo, who must pass a coronavirus test 24 hours before the start.
Life without Messi doesn’t seem too far away for Barcelona, but Ansu Fati looks to have another star for the future when the young man scores another goal against Real Madrid at the weekend.
Philippe Coutinho played the full 90 minutes of this classic game but Barcelona announced on Sunday he has a leg injury which will keep him out of the game.