Ousmane Dembele does not feature within the beginning XI for Barcelona against Benfica within the Champions League tonight. A win will ebook the Catalans’ place within the last-16, a scenario which ought to encourage head coach Xavi to play a full-strength aspect as he will get to grips along with his new job.
Barcelona’s struggles in an assault this season have been evident with only Malmo firing off fewer pictures in goal in the course of the group stage. Memphis Depay was the one senior ahead picked to start out in Xavi’s debut against Espanyol on the weekend, which ended 1-0.
Lastly getting Dembele again would have represented a huge increase after he suffered hamstring damage following his return from a knee downside, allowing him to thus far make just one look all season. However, he should make do with a spot on the bench.
Xavi confirmed on Monday that he’ll verify the Frenchman’s standing after a brief session on Tuesday morning. Oscar Dominguez, Sergio Busquets, and Nico Gonzalez all shake off knocks in time.
Sergio Dest is again in coaching too following a brief lay-off however Ansu Fati and Pedri (each thigh) miss out, along with Sergio Aguero (coronary heart) and Martin Braithwaite (knee). Ilias Akhomach and Ez Abde each performed versus Espanyol but are suspended and unregistered for this sport, respectively.
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Nico, Busquets, F. De Jong; Demir, Depay, Gavi.
Subs: Neto, Dest, Puiq, Dembele, L. De Jong, Coutinho, Umtiti, Mingueza, Garcia, Pena, Balde.
Benfica XI: Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Weigl, Joao Mario; Almeida, Rafa Silva, Everton; Yaremchuk.
Subs: Svilar, Helton Leite, Valentino, Ferro, Morato, Meïte, Gedson, Taarabt, Pizzi, Darwin, Seferovic, Gonçalo Ramos.