CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | BARÇA - BAYERN
Barça to play their best 11; Bayern, to opt for a prudent 4-4-2
Luis Enrique looks set to change the goalkeeping position and Alba is carrying a slight knock. Guardiola to play Xabi Alonso, Schweinsteiger, Lahm and Thiago in midfield.
Bayern travel to Barcelona without key players such as Robben, Alaba, Badstuber, and a doubt surrounding Ribéry’s fitness, they also have Lewandowski, Benatia and Javi Martínez with their own particular fitness issues. Luis Enrique on the other hand can call on a full squad. Only Jordi Alba may be a doubt , as they player ended Saturday’s game against Cordoba complaining of a slight knock. The Asturian coach gave the players the day off on Sunday and they will train at the Barça training ground as part of the preparation for Wednesday’s key game.
Luis Enrique has cut back on squad rotation as the season moves into it’s final phase. The starting XI for Wednesday’s semi-final is expected to be: Ter Stegen, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Neymar, Messi and Luis Suárez.
Bayern’s starting eleven is anticipated to be: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Dante o Benatia, Bernat, Lahm, Xavi Alonso, Schweinsteiger, Thiago; Müller and Lewandowski.