However, Serginio Dest has found fit enough to play against Bayern Munich, as the right-back is the Barcelona match pick. Dest suffered ankle complaints after the international match with the United States. There is also a very good chance that Luke de Jong will make his debut at the Barcelona base on Tuesday night. Ronald Koeman has no attacking options left in the first game of the Champions League this season, making De Jong the most sensible option in attacking point.
Barcelona have been without Ousmane Dembele, Sergio Aguero and Ansu Fati for a long time, and Martin Braithwaite recently suffered a serious knee injury. The Catalans are left with only three pure strikers: Memphis Depay, De Jong and the only eighteen-year-old Yusuf Demir. A bright spot for Koeman is that Philippe Coutinho has recently recovered from a knee injury. The Brazilian can play as a suspended wing striker and therefore can be an additional option in attack.
Koeman spoke at Monday’s press conference about the option of drafting Coutinho directly. Koeman, who was more positive about de Jong’s fitness, said, “We know Philip has been away for a long time, but he’s getting better every day. He still has to take the last step.” “It’s different with him. Although he hasn’t played for a long time, he is physically fine and also needs minutes.”
If Koeman only wants to use De Jong and Depay, because he probably doesn’t think Demir and Coutinho have matured for the base, the 5-3-2 system becomes a real option. The Dutch coach was also asked about it in the press conference. “More important than order is maintaining control,” Koeman said. “If you lose the ball at the back, Bayern can do a lot of damage. They are physically capable of that and they are quick to attack. It is important to approach possession carefully.”
Defensively, Barcelona also have personal issues, but Dest recovered from a sprained ankle just in time for at least the match pick to occur. However, Sergi Roberto is expected to play as a right-back. Jordi Alba also has minor complaints, but he’s also in his match pick and thus seems to be able to play. Gerard Pique has recovered from calf issues and will take a central position in defence. There, Koeman has plenty of options with Eric Garcia, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti, which makes choosing a 5-3-2 system more likely.
Possible line-up for Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Araujo, Pique, Garcia, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, F. de Young; De Jong, Depay
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