Xavi Hernandez opted again for the formula of four midfielders in a 4-3-3 with pedri acting as a false winger. Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong as double pivots just like on Sunday against the Athleti. But this time Kessie replaced Gavi.
The coach preferred not to force the Andalusian after finishing three days ago with discomfort in the left adductor. Therefore, he opted for the Ivorian to counteract the greater physical power of Bayern.
Much more damaging was the Bavarian team, not remotely at the mercy of Barça. Unlike what happened in several occasions in the first match in Munich month and a half ago. Opposite, the solvency of Kimmich and Goretzka supported by the tireless legs of Gnabri, Musiala and Mané, were unstoppable ‘planes’ for Xavi’s pupils, without answers once again on a big day.
One player who will not play in Pilzen is Sergio Busquets. He saw his third yellow in four games played in this Champions and will not play due to suspension against Victoria. The captain was replaced in minute 59 by Ferran Torres. Afterwards Xavi changed the formation to 4-2-3-1 with Pedri already resting for Mestalla.
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