The Barcelona faces his first ‘match ball’ in the Champions League, on the third day of the group stage, since any result other than the victory against Dinamo Kiev this Wednesday, at 6:45 p.m., at the Camp Nou, would leave him in a very complicated situation to go to the eighth final as they did not score any points in the first two matches of group E.
Thus, the Barça accounts go through winning the two games against the Ukrainians and the one that remains at home against Benfica, being aware that it will practically be a chimera score at the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich on the last day.
The fortune for Ronald Koeman is that the game against Dynamo Kiev comes in one of the quietest moments of the season, after a national team break that calmed the waters and a triumph against Valencia in the league (3-1). In this meeting, the team recovered the punch led by an exciting Ansu Fati, who for the first time started after overcoming his serious injury and celebrated it by scoring a goal and causing a penalty.
Logic says that the 18-year-old forward (he will turn 19 on October 31), who played 60 minutes on Sunday, will start again this Wednesday, although in four days he expects another momentous match at the Camp Nou, in this case in the league against the real Madrid. Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero, who made his Barça debut against Valencia, could continue adding minutes in the second half, but still lacks leg roll to be the owner. Who will not be in the squad yet is Ousmane Dembélé, who is just getting the necessary rhythm to enter a list after the injury he suffered in the Eurocup.
The Barça infirmary It is completed by midfielder Pedro González ‘Pedri’, forward Martin Braithwaite and central Ronald Araujo. The loss of the Uruguayan, added to the sanction of Eric García, will force Koeman to improvise a new pair of centrals. The candidates to accompany Gerard Piqué are Óscar Mingueza, Clément Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti.
Barça and Dynamo Kiev already they faced each other in the last edition of the Champions League, and the Ukrainians did not make things easy at the Camp Nou despite arriving with nine casualties due to the coronavirus. The Catalans ended up winning 2-1, but it was not easy for them to overcome the youth goalkeeper Ruslan Neshcheret, who played an extraordinary game.
Dinamo Kiev, who have a point in two games, face the match in Barcelona with nothing to lose and much to gain. The disciples of the legendary Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu, an old acquaintance of the Blaugrana team, they lead the ukrainian league ahead of Shakhtar, although they are mired in a small slump in results.
On the weekend they clearly won the league at home to Lviv (1-4), but before that they drew goalless in Kiev against the “miners”, who also clearly defeated them in the Super Cup final (0-3). In addition, they drew at home on the first day of the Champions League against Benfica (0-0) and were beaten in Munich by Bayern (0-5).
Ukrainians are a very young team, under construction, no stars and with some veterans hardened in a thousand battles such as the Ukrainians Harmash and Sydorchuk, or the Uruguayan Carlos de Pena. A demonstration that Lucescu does not trust his forwards too much is that against Bayern he played from the beginning without attackers.
On the weekend Supriaha, the main center forward of the Kievites, did start, although he did not score. Harmash, the most advanced player in Munich, scored two goals. Lucescu relies on Ukrainian players like Tsygankov or Shaparenko, players capable of surprising the Catalan defense with their verticality. De Pena rested the weekend, but he usually plays all the important games as a starter. Brazilian Vitinho, recently signed from Athletico Paranaense, has also had minutes in recent games.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Piqué, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Gavi; Ansu Fati, Coutinho, Memphis.
Dynamo Kyiv: Bushchan; Mykolenko o Kedziora, Syrota, Zabarnyi, Tymchuk; Sydorchuk, Andrievsky o Bulyaskyi; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, De Pena; Supriyaha.
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA).
Stadium: Camp Nou.
Hour: 21.00 CET (19.00 GMT).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.