Barcelona need to bounce back following a defeat to Getafe on the weekend, and also know the importance of picking up 3 points on the opening night of the Champions League. Barça face Ferencvaros, very unknown opposition, in what should be a fascinating game, but must also surely be 3 points for the ‘Blaugrana’. In my preview below, you can learn what to expect from both sides, the predicted lineup, and finally my score prediction.
It will be interesting to see what line-up Koeman chooses with players such as Miralem Pjanić and Francisco Trincão knocking on the door for starting spots ahead of Saturday’s Clásico, but Koeman will know the importance of starting the Champions League with 3 points.
Watch: Barcelona 5-1 Alavés, Match Review
Barcelona emphatically defeat Alavés at the Camp Nou by five goals to one, with Trincão, Messi and Junior all on the scoresheet. This was a good confidence builder for Barça, heading into the game against PSG on Tuesday, as Ronald Koeman was able to rotate his side, whilst picking up 3 more points. Check out my full match review below:
Koeman also handed out a first league start to youngster Ilaix Moriba, who despite his error leading up to Rioja’s goal for Alavés, did impress on the night. But standout performers were certainly Lionel Messi and Francisco Trincão. The former showcasing his eternal genius once more, with the latter slowly building confidence and turning into an effective goal scoring winger for Barcelona.