The possible line-ups of FC Barcelona-Benfica of the Champions League
Published:22/11/2021 - 16:15h
Updated:22/11/2021 - 16:15h
Barça receives Benfica at the Camp Nou on Tuesday in the 'final' to get a ticket to the knockout stages of the Champions League and Xavi will have to juggle to set up a competitive line-up
The FC Barcelona takes action this Tuesday in the Champions League. The group directed by Xavi Hernández receives to the Benfica, from the 21:00 hours, in the party that defines the possibilities of the Barcelona to classify to the eighth of final of the continental tournament. A victory is the only stage that poses the Barça, because of empatar or lose against the lisboetas, the Barcelona would complicate too much his continuity.
The party is of maximum requirement and Xavi Hernández, in his debut like trainer in the Champions League, will have qeu configure a very competitive alignment to follow 'alive' in the tournament. However, they are many the changes that could have the approach of the egarense by the drops and impossibility to have Abde or Ilias Akhomach for the crash. To continuation, our forecast of the onces:
Possible alignments of the Barça-Benfica
- XI of the FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Hammered, Eric, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Of Jong, Nico; Coutinho, Memphis, Gavi.
- XI of the Benfica: Vlachodimos; Otamendi, Vertonghen, Rodrigues; Grimaldo, Joao Mário, Weigl, Moraes; Sousa, Afonso and Darwin Núñez.
Marc-André ter Stegen has been very argued in this first stretch of the season because it has been very far to show his best version. It is affected because the defence has seen weakened, but every time are less the 'paradones' or 'saved' of the germano. Against the Benfica probably will have a lot of work, especially with players of the level of Darwin Núñez, the one who already has showed to the Barça that it can do a lot of damage.
In the defensive saga there is a doubt, by the right sector. Gerard Hammered and Eric García will be in the axis of the defence, but with the possibility that Ronald Araújo 'steal' the place to 'Geri'. Sergi Roberto, in front of the last bad party of Òscar Mingueza and the doubt of Sergiño Dest with the annoyances that have accompanied him in the last weeks, aims to be headline, whereas by the left will be a 'intocable' Jordi Alba.
If Xavi Hernández bets by the 4-3-3 against the Benfica, the most likely is that it jump Sergio Busquets like pivote, whereas Frenkie of Jong and Nico González would do it like interiors. It has been the medullary that has 'worked' to the Barça in the last parties and that against the Espanyol was very key. In this case, Gavi would have to advance his position and play like extreme, as already it has done it in previous occasions.
In the leading is where more there is uncertainty, because they are too many the drops: Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembélé, Martin Braithwaite and 'Kun' Agüero are in the infirmary, whereas Philippe Coutinho, Yusuf Demir and Luuk of Jong are players to which Xavi Hernández will not give him all the confidence, but the Brazilian aims to be the novelty in the alignment because they are few the effective 'available'. The most likely is that Memphis Depay, the only 'fixed' in the attack, start like leading centre, and 'Cou' and Gavi accompany it like extremes.