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Galatasaray Vs Barcelona Tactical Preview: Team News, Key Men And Streaming Links

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Galatasaray will entertain Barcelona at the Nef Stadyumu on Thursday night as both teams look to go all out for the win. The two sides managed to play out a scoreless draw in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last 16 clash.

The Turkish outfit managed to secure a 2-1 victory over Besiktas earlier this month which will keep them in high spirits ahead of this game. Similarly, Barca secured a convincing 4-0 win over Osasuna in their last outing, so they will fancy their chances of earning a positive result away from home.

Galatasaray Vs Barcelona: Talking Tactics

Domènec Torrent will opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation and might ask his men to soak in all the Barca pressure and try to expose their defensive weaknesses on the counter.

Xavi will set his side up in a 4-3-3 formation and is expected to name his strong first XI for this game. The Spaniard will ask his players to dominate possession and create some decent opportunities to win this game.

Team News


Arda Turan, Kaan Arslan, Halil Dervisoglu, Ismail Cipe, Baris Yilmaz and Alpaslan Ozturk will all be sidelined for this game due to injuries.

Galatasaray Predicted XI

Pena; Boey, Marcao, Nelsson, Van Aanholt; Antalyali, Kutlu; Kilinc, Feghouli, Akturkoglu; Mohamed

Galatasaray’s Spanish goalkeeper Inaki Pena stops the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg football match between FC Barcelona and Galatasaray at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 10, 2022. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
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Xavi will be without the services of Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, Alejandro Balde, Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique.

Barcelona Predicted XI

Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Garcia, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Traore, Aubameyang, Torres

Key Men


Sofiane Feghouli will be responsible for orchestrating some meaningful chances in the final third. The defensive performance of Marcao and Victor Nelsson could go a long way in determining the fate of this contest.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres will have to carry most of the goal-scoring workload for the Catalan giants in the final third. In the absence of Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia and Ronald Araujo will have to step up and give a good account of themselves for Barca on the defensive end of the pitch.

Galatasaray Vs Barcelona: Streaming Links

United KingdomBT Sport
USATUDN USA / Paramount+
IndiaJio TV, Sony Liv, Sony Ten 2 HD
ItalySky Go Italia, DAZN
AustraliaStan Sport
New ZealandSpark Sport


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