Barcelona XI: Xavi Hernandez makes big changes against Bayern Munich as Marcos Alonso starts.
We are about to witness the first significant match of the Champions League season as Bayern Munich prepares to host Barcelona at the Allianz Arena. After an incredible start to the season, Xavi’s team will need to put the past behind them as they prepare for their first major test.
In the starting lineup for tonight, Xavi has one major surprise planned by playing Marcos Alonso at left-back instead of Jordi Alba and Alejandro Balde. After making his debut last weekend against Cadiz, the Spaniard is making his first start in Barcelona colors today.
Jules Kounde will start at right-back and serve as the backup center-back. In the middle of the defense, he will team up with Eric Garcia and Ronald Araujo. To maintain yet another clean sheet this year, Marc-Andre ter Stegen dons the glove behind them.
Sergio Busquets serves as the anchor at the base of the trident while the usual suspects line up in midfield. As one of the interiors, Pedri steps up, and Gavi completes the park’s core.
The assault that faced Cadiz on Saturday has seen two changes, with Robert Lewandowski coming back to lead the club. With one goal and one assist, Ousmane Dembele had a great cameo. On the left wing, he begins. Raphinha, whose responsibilities will be on the right-wing, is the last piece of the puzzle.
Confirmed Barcelona XI: ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Alonso; Gavi, Busquets, Pedri; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Dembele