Barcelona will face off against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Deutsche Bank Park on Thursday night as they look to earn a positive result on their travels. The Catalan giants managed to secure a 1-0 win over Sevilla in their last outing which will give them a lot of confidence ahead of this UEFA Europa League quarterfinal first leg game.
Xavi could set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation and will make some changes to his first XI for this game. We can expect Adama Traore to play from the start while Ferran Torres has to settle for a spot on the bench.
4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup To Face Eintracht Frankfurt
Marc-André ter Stegen will feature in goal for Barca after securing a clean sheet in his last league outing. Gerard Pique might resume his defensive partnership with Eric Garcia at the centre of Barca’s backline as they hope to keep things solid at the back in midweek.
Ronald Araujo will fill in at right-back while Jordi Alba looks to impress on the other flank as the left-back. Xavi will ask his full-backs to pick and choose their moments to join in on the attack and cause a few problems for the German side out on the wide areas.
Both Sergino Dest and Samuel Umtiti are unlikely to recover in time for this game.
Xavi’s midfield could be comprised of Pedri, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong as they focus on dominating the ball at the centre of the park and engineer some clear-cut chances in the final third.
Frenkie de Jong will be available for selection on the bench as he offers cover for the midfield positions.
Ousmane Dembele will hope to give a good account of himself as the left-sided wide player while Adama Traore tries to put his pace to good use down the right flank. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead the charge for the Catalan club down the middle.
Ferran Torres will be named on the bench as he waits for his chance to shine in the second 45 minutes if needed.