The eleven that Ronald Koeman ranks has many parallels to the one that Quique Setién lined up just over a year ago against Bayern in Lisbon. In fact, A total of six players repeat on the pitch: Ter Stegen, Piqué, Alba, Sergio Busquets, De Jong and Sergi Roberto. That infamous day in the Blaugrana memory, Barcelona received the greatest historical humiliation in the Champions League by conceding a 2-8, which still causes pain among the fans when it is remembered.
A year later, these six players have a chance to retaliate. Now the circumstances are very different, the team arrives in a different position and the context is different, but there is no doubt that the shadow of 2-8 persists in everyone's memory, especially when the rival in front of you is Bayern from Munich
On that occasion, Setién came out with a 4-4-2 that was overwhelmed by the German forcefulness. Now Koeman is betting on a 3-5-2, populating the midfield in search of having the ball and avoiding the Bayern counterattacks.
In addition, the team has been reinforced with young talent such as Pedri, Araújo and Eric Garcia, that added to the talent of Memphis Depay and the corpulence of Luuk de Jong, they present themselves with the highest ambition to compete with the German team.
In any case, On August 14, players of the talent and experience of Leo Messi, Luis Suárez or Arturo Vidal died in the field. Others like Griezmann and Ansu Fati took to the field when the team was already buried. In fact, of the starting eleven who played in Lisbon only Lenglet has remained on the bench tonight.