Barça plays its first ‘final’ in the Champions League

The Barça receive this afternoon (18: 45h, Movistar Champions League) at the Camp Nou at Dynamo of Kiev. What a priori should be a simple game against the weakest rival in the group has become the first final to stay alive in the Champions League. After losing to Bayern Munich and Benfica in the first two days, the Barça He faces tonight’s game with the obligation to win to continue aspiring to overcome the group stage.

A setback would seriously complicate Barça’s options to finish the league between the first two and the Catalans will also be very aware of what happens next (9:00 p.m.) in Lisbon in the duel between the Benfica and the Bayern. But the first thing is to overcome Dynamo of Kiev and so much Koeman as the players are aware that this afternoon only victory is worth it.

“We risk our future in the Champions League”


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The call is the same as last weekend against Valencia, but with the absence of Eric Garcia, sanctioned for his expulsion against Benfica. Without Catalan and with Araujo injured, Koeman you will have to find a new partner to Pique and most likely bet on Lenglet, which has only been a starter on one occasion throughout the course. The other option would be De Jong, which debuted as a central headline with Koeman precisely at the Camp Nou against him Dynamo of Kiev, to the detriment of a Lenglet which was the usual.

Barça-Dynamo Kiev

Barça-Dynamo Kiev

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Pedri still injured, so Gavi will continue as a starter, while up front the physical state of Ansu will determine if you repeat trident, since Koeman He warned yesterday that the young forward cannot play three full games in a week. It remains to be seen if he gives him a break at the start or in the second half.

Last season Barça already measured themselves at Dynamo of Kiev and in the Camp Nou game it was very difficult for him to overcome the Ukrainians (2-1), despite the fact that they arrived with many casualties due to Covid and with a youth goalkeeper who made the game of his life. The Catalans ended up asking for the time and Ter Stegen avoided defeat.

After a very irregular start in the League and two defeats in the Champions League, today’s game is very important for the Catalans. Not exceeding the Champions League, something that has not happened since 2001, would mean a setback not only sporting for the club, but also economically. AND Koeman, despite the ratification before the break, he knows that he is playing it again, since a stumble would greatly complicate his continuity

Barça’s last training session before facing Dinamo Kiev

Barça plays its first 'final' in the Champions League
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