Barcelona will be out to save their Champions League season when they visit Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday at 8:00pm (UK time).
After back-to-back 3-0 defeats against Bayern Munich and Benfica, Barcelona finally picked up a win on matchday three, beating Dynamo 1-0 at the Camp Nou. Now they’re out to repeat that feat in Kyiv itself.
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When Sergi Barjuan accepted the role of Barcelona B coach this summer he probably never expected to be in the current position. Not only is he first-team coach of Barcelona on an interim basis with no chance to “Solskjaer” his way into the role (as Xavi is clearly the candidate of choice and should be appointed soon) but he is also handed the responsibility of, essentially, saving Barcelona’s season.
With much of the season still to go, Xavi’s arrival and the abundance of quality in the squad should see Barcelona right the ship in La Liga and rise back up the table to at the very least secure a Champions League place for next season. However the Champions League is a problem that must be solved now.
Barcelona’s opening defeats were not just historic humiliations; they put the Blaugrana in a real predicament. Barcelona had to win their next three games and hope that Bayern Munich beat Benfica twice. And while the Bavarians can surely be relied upon to complete their task, the Blaugrana margin for error is so miniscule as to be non-existent.
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Fail to win any of the three games and they face having to journey to Bavaria needing to beat Bayern away from home. They just about limped their way by Dynamo at the Camp Nou, and Xavi should be in charge for the Benfica game, but that leaves this trip to Kyiv with Sergi.
Given the precarious nature of Barcelona’s finances, failure to qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League would be a disaster. The club needs that income, so Sergi – an interim coach of limited capacity – simply cannot fail.
That pressure alone is almost too much to ask of anyone, but Sergi also has to contend with a side in risible form (Barcelona are winless in three and have lost four of their last seven matches), minimal prep time and a clutch of his best players all being half-fit coming off injuries.
This is mission impossible, but Sergi quite simply has no choice other than to do the impossible. Anything less than victory could spell doom for Barcelona’s entire season, even now in early November.
Scoreline prediction: Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Barcelona
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Dynamo Kyiv vs Barcelona previous line-ups & injury news:
- Barcelona (vs Alaves): Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Pique, Garcia, Alba; Busquets, Nico, Gavi; Dest, Aguero, Memphis.
- Dynamo Kyiv (vs FC Mariupol): Bushchan; Kedziora, Zabarnyi, Syrota, Karavaev; Sydorchuk; Tsygankov, Buyalskyi, Shaparenko, De Pena; Verbic.
Barcelona are ravaged by injury, with Martin Braithwaite and Sergi Roberto long-term injury absences while Pedri is still suffering the effects of last season’s overexertions. And while Ronald Araujo, Frenkie de Jong, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembélé all got the medical green light to travel to Kyiv, it’s likely that De Jong is the only one who will play a major role. Meanwhile Sergio Aguero’s cardiac episode at the weekend has seen him ruled out too.
Dynamo are also suffering, health-wise. In addition to long-term absences Artem Besedin, Vladyslav Kulach, Ibrahim Kargbo, Vladyslav Supryaga and Denys Popov, Vitaly Mykolenko will also miss the match through injury.
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