Champions League

Barcelona predicted lineup vs Inter - Champions League

Tom Gott
Xavi is looking for a big win
Xavi is looking for a big win / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
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Xavi will take his Barcelona side to Milan on Tuesday looking for a massive victory which would boost their chances of qualifying for the next round of the Champions League.

Locked on points with opponents Inter, Barcelona are ahead solely on goal difference and three points here would go a long way to helping the Blaugrana keep their spot in the standings.

The boss does, however, have a handful of injury problems to address, so here's how he could set up.


Barcelona predicted lineup vs Inter (4-3-3)

Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski is in red-hot form / Alex Caparros/GettyImages

GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen - Fresh off setting a personal record for time without conceding a goal in La Liga, Ter Stegen comes into this one feeling confident.

RB: Alejandro Balde - Young Balde got the nod at right-back to aid Barcelona's injury crisis so that may continue again here.

CB: Andreas Christensen - Christensen has played both of Barcelona's Champions League games so far and is expected to retain his place for this one.

CB: Eric Garcia - Gerard Pique played against Osasuna but has lost the faith of Xavi and won't be expecting a second consecutive start. Instead, expect Garcia to return to the lineup.

LB: Jordi Alba - The Spanish press have already grown concerned about Marcos Alonso, who appears to have arrived at Camp Nou behind both Balde and Alba in the pecking order.

DM: Sergio Busquets - Finding an heir to Busquets' throne needs to be right at the top of Barcelona's to-do list. The 34-year-old is in excellent form but surely can't be expected to start every game.

CM: Gavi - Gavi's boundless energy will see him start here again. His defensive work is arguably more important than his attacking play.

CM: Pedri - Dropped to the bench against Mallorca to protect his fitness, there's no way Pedri won't start here.

RW: Ousmane Dembele - The biggest beneficiary of Xavi's arrival without a doubt. Dembele has been a creative force on both wings but has put up the best numbers on the right.

ST: Robert Lewandowski - With 12 goals in nine games, it's no surprise Xavi was desperate to recruit Lewandowski this summer.

LW: Raphinha - He hasn't been a regular starter over the past few games but Raphinha will fancy his chances of returning to the lineup here. Competition on the left wing isn't as high as Xavi would like it to be.

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