Xavi made it clear that he will not take age into account when putting together the team, so Balde has many numbers to accompany Eric Garcia, Araujo and Koundé in defense
In the middle, Busquets would be escorted by Pedri and Gavi, while the forward will be led by Lewandowski, accompanied by Dembélé and Raphinha
After the last two games with rotations, Xavi Hernández will bet this Tuesday on his best eleven against Bayern Munich . The rival demands it after he was the executioner of the Barça team in two of his last three appearances in the Champions League . First, in 2020 with the historic 2-8 quarter-final win in Lisbon and last season winning both games in the league by 3-0 that left the Catalans third in their group with a ticket to the Europa League.
Lewandowski , one of Barça ‘s great nightmares in recent campaigns against Bayern , will lead the Barça team this time and will be the great attraction in their first match as an opponent at the Allianz Arena after his departure this summer. The Pole will be accompanied by Dembélé and Raphinha . In the middle, Busquets is expected , escorted by Gavi and Pedri . The only doubts reside in the rearguard, mainly in the left-handed lane.
In principle , Balde would have more options to be a starter, since he is the one Xavi has trusted the most in that position until now. However, it remains to be seen if the coach dares with Balde, 18, to try to stop Bayern’s right attack, where Musiala will initially be after Coman ‘s withdrawal . If the Barca coach bets on a more veteran profile, Marcos Alonso could make his debut as a starter for Barça , after taking part in the last leg of the duel against Cádiz last Saturday. Alba would also be an experience option, but AlonsoIt could also help counteract the German aerial game, another of the rival’s threats. The initial script pointed to Alonso, but Balde’s good role in Cádiz leaves everything open and more so after hearing Xavi’s words in the Allianz press room, where he made it clear that he will not take seniority into account for this match, but the state of form of its players, regardless of age.
Finally, Araujo and Koundé seem fixed, although it is not clear who will occupy the right side and who will be the axis of the rear. The other central position points to Eric Garcia , who starts with an advantage over Christensen and Piqué.
This is the possible eleven of Barça against Bayern Munich : Ter Stegen; Koundé, Araujo, Eric, Balde; Busquets, Pedri, Gavi; Dembele, Lewandowski, Raphinha.