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Barcelona predicted lineup vs Bayern Munich - Champions League

Tom Gott
Barcelona will meet Bayern Munich
Barcelona will meet Bayern Munich / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
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Barcelona get their 2021/22 Champions League campaign underway on Tuesday in perhaps the scariest way possible - a visit from Bayern Munich.

With memories of last year's 8-2 mauling still fresh, the Blaugrana will be out for revenge but have to contend with a major fitness crisis in attack. This may force Ronald Koeman to get creative with his lineup.

Here's how the boss could set up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Sergi Roberto
Roberto may be needed at right-back / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) - In the battle of the German goalkeepers, Ter Stegen will be desperate to come out on top.

Sergi Roberto (RB) - Sergino Dest picked up an injury during the international break, so it could be over to Roberto to fill in at right-back.

Ronald Araujo (CB) - Barcelona are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, but Araujo has been solid in his two starts so far and will likely keep his spot.

Gerard Pique (CB) - A calf injury was bothering Pique before the international break, but he is expected to be fit here and his experience could be absolutely crucial in such a tough fixture.

Jordi Alba (LB) - Alba is likely to recover from a minor injury in time to keep his spot in the starting lineup.


2. Midfielders

Pedri
Pedri never gets rested / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Sergio Busquets (DM) - Busquets had a tough time in the 8-2 loss but has bounced back and now plays an important leadership role.

Frenkie de Jong (CM) - Used in a deeper role on that fateful night, Koeman has given De Jong the freedom to push forward and unleashed a different side of his game. Let's see how it matches up with Bayern.

Pedri (CM) - It's a match, so Pedri has to start. Them's the rules in Barcelona.

3. Forwards

Memphis Depay (RW) - Depay has been shining as a central striker in the past few months, but injuries may force Koeman to move him out wide for this one.

Luuk de Jong (ST) - How's this for a debut? With Martin Braithwaite, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele and Sergio Aguero all unavailable, it's either De Jong or one of the unproven youngsters.

Philippe Coutinho (LW) - Coutinho netted twice for Bayern in that 8-2 game, and with so few options in attack, he should get the chance to return the favour.

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