- Bayern Munich vs Barcelona is a must-win game for the Spanish club who will be seeking their first ever away win against their hosts
- With Bayern already through to the knockout phase of the Champions League, Barcelona and Benfica are in the race for the second spot
- Predicted line up has revealed that Memphis Depay will lead the attack for the Spanish club, as they will go all out in the encounter
Spanish side Barcelona are away to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in a must-win Champions League showdown on Wednesday, December 8, Barca Blaugranes reports.
The Allianz Arena will be empty during the clash as Barcelona will need a win in their hope to reaching the knockout phase of the competition this season.
New manager Xavi Hernandes will be in charge of his second-ever game in the European competition and will attempt win grab Barcelona’s first away win against the Germans.
Victory for the Catalan giants in the encounter will see them qualify for the second round, but anything short of that will jeopardize their chances as a win for Benfica over Dynamo Kyiv will dash their hopes.
Ahead of the encounter, a possible line up has been revealed by top outlet 90min who have suggested that Memphis Depay will lead the attack for the Catalans.
Barcelona's predicted line up
Here's the XI the 41-year-old may select to avoid a group stage exit for the first time since 2000/01, when Xavi himself was a junior member of the squad.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Nico Gonzalez, Sergio Busquets Frenkie de Jong, Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, Memphis Depay, Ousmane Dembele.
Azpilicueta on the radar of Barcelona
Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is said to be in advanced discussions with a possible move to Spanish club Barcelona at the end of the season.
Reports have it that the player’s current contract with the Blues expires next summer, meaning he could sign a pre-contract with clubs outside the UK as from January.
The Spaniard joined Chelsea from French Ligue 1 side Marseille back in 2017 and has won several titles with the Stamford Bridge outfit.
The 32-year-old will become a free agent in June and Spanish outlet El Nacional are claiming that the player is already in contract talks with Barcelona.
Barcelona set to terminate Umtiti’s contract
In other related news, Barcelona could bring an end to Samuel Umtiti's contract after the Frenchman refused to accept a pay cut.
The out-favour centre-back pockets £208,000-per-week despite not having a regular starting shirt for La Blaugrana in a couple of seasons.
And the Camp Nou outfit are looking to get the 28-year-old off their books after the French defender refused to accept a reduction in salary.