Sergi Barjuan will take care of his first Champions League match as interim Barcelona coach when they travel to Ukraine to face Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.
Life after Ronald Koeman got off to a rocky start this weekend when Barcelona were held to 1-1 by Alaves, but they can not really afford an equally overwhelming result here as their hopes of qualifying for the next round of the Champions League also hang on a thread .
There are a lot of injury problems for Barjuan to wrestle with here, so let’s take a look at how the boss could line up.
Dest’s misery that should end / Alex Caparros / GettyImages
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) – He has not been at his dazzling best this year, but he is still an obvious beginner.
Sergino Dest (RB) – After some disappointing moves like the right wing, how about we move Dest back to his actual position for this one?
Eric Garcia (CB) – With Gerard Pique away from injury, Garcia will have to step up big.
Clement Lenglet (CB) – Lenglet will be desperate for minutes to prove that his slump in recent years has not been fatal to his career.
Jordi Alba (LB) – One of the few leaders who still fits, Alba will play a major role both on and off the field.
Puig can be set to start / Alex Caparros / GettyImages
Sergio Busquets (DM) – Managers come and go, but Busquet’s place at the base of Barcelona’s midfield remains.
Gavi (CM) – Frenkie de Jong has traveled but will probably not be 100% after his hamstring injury and will probably only see a few minutes towards the end of the match.
Riqui Puig (CM) – Young Nico Gonzalez got the nod against Alaves, so Puig should get the chance to ignore his stuff this time.
Memphis will be on top / Alex Caparros / GettyImages
Yusuf Demir (RW) – Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati both flirt with fitness, but taking back one of them from the beginning here can be a little too risky.
Memphis Depay (ST) – Sergio Aguero will not be in the picture for Barça for at least three months, so Memphis should slide back to the striker.
Philippe Coutinho (LW) – The academy’s youngster Abde got a shot from the bench against Alaves, but Barjuan will probably choose Coutinho here.