Ronald Koeman needs his best men to face one of the strongest rivals in Europe, Bayern, who also comes with the label of a Blaugrana executioner and executioner, after the crushing humiliation he received just over a year ago in Lisbon.
For the game against the German champion, he recovers three important pieces from his slate, which for one reason or another were not in the last LaLiga game against Getafe: Pique (injured in the soleus), Eric Garcia (sanctioned) and Pedri (with permission from the club). Apart from these three great reinforcements, the Dutch coach has the help of the Dutch forward Luuk de Jong, signed ‘in extremis’ on the last day of the summer market, as well as the most expensive transfer in the club's history, Philippe Coutinho, unpublished even this season.
Likewise, the four captains arrive with the intention of revenge at this appointment: none of them forgets the 2-8 infamy they suffered against Bayern, since they were part of the starting eleven. So much Sergi Roberto, who was discharged this morning after overcoming a rib fissure, and Jordi Alba, who has been training in cotton for some muscle discomfort these days, were the last to get on the boat. Before, Gerard Piqué, who has exceeded his elongation, and Sergio Busquets, already took a ticket for one of the most important games of the season. These four players, together with Ter Stegen and De Jong, are the only survivors of the theoretical eleven that Barcelona will present tonight.
Finally, Koeman has four casualties: Dembélé, Fati, Agüero and Braithwaite. The Dane, who is in the chapel waiting to be operated on on his left knee, is no longer expected until 2022. On the other hand, Sergiño Dest has entered glancingly and at the last minute, despite not having trained or a day with the group. In any case, it is ruled out that he comes out in the starting eleven. The Dutch coach, yes, continues to bet on the kids of the house to complete the list. Gavi, Nico, Peña and Balde are good proof of this.
Who is once again out of a call is Álex Collado. It must be remembered that the youth squad is in a very peculiar situation, having no record of the first team or the subsidiary.
Thus, the complete list of footballers for the game against Bayern Munich (9pm) at the Camp Nou is as follows: Ter Stegen, Neto, Araújo, Alba, Umtiti, Mingueza, Piqué, Eric, Dest, Lenglet, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Riqui Puig, Pedri, Coutinho, Demir, Memphis, Luuk de Jong, Peña, Balde, Nico and Gavi.