The Catalans are looking for their first win in Europe
Match Preview: FC Barcelona will host Dynamo Kyiv in the third round of the UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday. The hosts look for their first set of points in Europe, as massive pressure is building on Ronald Koeman to deliver. The team has Ansu Fati and Sergio Aguero back in the squad while Ousmane Dembele is yet to make his return.
The Catalans have not yet earned a point in Europe, and are yet to score in the competition as well. They have not had a single shot on target in the two games played. Both 3-0 losses to Bayern and Benfica mean a must-win against Kyiv tonight will provide some hope of finishing second in the group.
Joan Laporta has retained faith for now in Ronald Koeman, and as the players are coming back from injury, the team is looking better. The Catalans come into this game with a 3-1 win against Valencia at home. Goals from Ansu Fati, Memphis, and Coutinho were enough to see the team get all three points. The victory over Los Che represented only Barcelona’s second win from seven games in all competitions.
Kyiv is coming into this game with a 4-1 league win against PFK Lviv. Vitaliy Buyalskyi, Viktor Tsygankov and Denys Garmash (2) were all on the scoresheet in the game. They’re on a four-game losing streak against Barcelona in the Champions League, most recently losing 2-1 and 4-0 last season in the group stages.
Ousmane Dembele is back in training with the group, but won’t start this game.
Ronald Araujo and Pedri are out for the game through injury.
Martin Brathwaite is a long-term absentee from the team.
Eric Garcia is suspended for the game as he picked up a red card against Benfica.
Artem Besedin, Vladyslav Kulach and Ibrahim Kargbo all remain sidelined for this game.
Denys Popov is recovering from cruciate ligament surgery.
Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Mingueza, Alba; Gavi, Busquets, De Jong; Dest, Depay, Fati
Bushchan; Tymchyk, Zabarnyi, Shabanov, Mykolenko; Shaparenko, Sydorchuk; Tsygankov, Bulyalskyi, De Pena; Garmash