Barcelona flip their consideration to European issues on Tuesday night time, as they host Benfica in Xavi’s first Champions League match as a supervisor.
The 41-year-old featured 151 instances within the competitors as a participant, profitable 4 titles, and can oversee his first managerial expertise in Europe’s elite membership competitors as Jorge Jesus’ facet visits Camp Nou.
Xavi received his reign within the dugout off to a great begin on Saturday night time, beating metropolis rivals Espanyol 1-0 courtesy of a Memphis Depay penalty. Barcelona have endured a relatively dreadful European marketing campaign to date this season, however a win in his second sport in cost would assure the membership a spot within the Champions League knockout stage with a sport to spare.
To take action, La Blaugrana should beat a Benfica facet who defeated the Catalans 3-0 earlier within the marketing campaign and who come into this tie in a robust vein of kind. This is who Xavi may discipline to earn a giant three factors.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) – Firmly primary and, regardless of seeming to have a deep, deep hatred for catching something, a strong efficiency within the first sport of the Xavi period will see him begin this one.
Oscar Mingueza (RB) – Sergino Dest has lately returned from harm to partake in full coaching and Sergi Roberto represents an alternative choice at right-back. Regardless of a poor exhibiting final outing, nevertheless, Mingueza will possible stay there.
Gerard Pique (CB) – An important voice on the coronary heart of the again line, Pique will possible function as soon as once more in central defence for La Blaugrana.
Eric Garcia (CB) – Ronald Araujo’s return to health is a lift for Xavi however, after a really sturdy outing in opposition to Espanyol, Garcia deserves one other begin.
Jordi Alba (LB) – Like Pique, Xavi’s former teammate Alba will certainly be a stalwart within the early phases of this new period.
Sergio Busquets (DM) – Had a slight harm concern on Saturday night time, though ought to be match sufficient to proceed within the beginning XI – a vital software to implement Xavi’s ideology right into a younger squad.
Riqui Puig (CM) – Nico Gonzalez is a minor doubt after rolling his ankle in opposition to Espanyol, so it is a fantastic probability to provide Puig a deserved alternative in midfield.
Frenkie de Jong (CM) – A key part of this Barcelona facet, his functionality of dynamism and invention ought to see him thrive below Xavi.
Philippe Coutinho (RW) – Ilias Akhomach and Abde Ezzalzouli have been each sensible of their respective 45-minute stints in opposition to Espanyol, however the extra skilled head of Coutinho could possibly be favoured on this one.
Memphis Depay (ST) – Scored the one objective of the sport to get the Xavi period off and working in excellent style, and may positively begin once more.
Gavi (LW) – The brand new boss has just a few choices for his entrance line (the aforementioned youngsters or the returning Dest) however younger Gavi may proceed at left wing within the absence of Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele – particularly after yet one more influential exhibiting final outing.