Defeat is not an option for Barcelona as they host Porto tonight at 9pm for the 5th matchday of the Champions League in a highly uncertain Group H. After their loss against Shakhtar Donetsk in Germany (0-1), following three consecutive victories, the Blaugranas must win tonight to avoid headaches and a third consecutive season without reaching the final phase of the C1. The Dragons, who are tied on points (9), are fully committed to this three-way race with the Catalans and the Ukrainians.
For this match, Xavi has called upon Portuguese forward Joao Felix on the left flank of his attack, with Lewandowski up front and Raphinha on the right. In the absence of Gavi, Pedri, Gundogan, and de Jong form the midfield. Cancelo, Koundé, Martinez, and Araujo will protect Pena’s goal. On the Porto side, Taremi and Evanilson are present up front. Pepê, Varela, Eustaquio, and Galeno form the midfield, with Joao Mario and Zaidu on the wings around the Cardoso-Pepe axis.
The lineups are as follows:
Barcelona: Pena – Koundé, Araujo (c), Martinez, Cancelo – De Jong, Gundogan, Pedri – Raphinha, Lewandowski, Felix
Porto: Costa – Joao Mario, Cardoso, Pepe (c), Zaidu – Pepê, Varela, Eustaquio, Galeno – Taremi, Evanilson
This match promises to be a thrilling encounter between two teams who are highly motivated to secure their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League. Barcelona will rely on their home advantage and the talent of their attacking trio, while Porto will aim to take advantage of any opportunity to score and secure a crucial away victory.
With the likes of Lewandowski, Joao Felix, and Taremi on the pitch, fans can expect a high-scoring game with plenty of excitement and drama. The midfield battle will also be crucial, with Pedri and de Jong facing off against Varela and Eustaquio, who will be looking to disrupt Barcelona’s rhythm and create opportunities for their forwards.