Barcelona will travel to Lyon on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

The Catalan giants are always one of the favourites to win the entire competition, and they will be desperate to wrestle away the trophy from the grip of rivals Real Madrid, who have dominated Europe since 2016.

They will certainly be in for a tough test against Lyon.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Gerard Pique

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) – The German has established himself as one of the world’s finest shot stoppers with Barcelona, and will be looking for his third clean sheet in this season’s competition.

Sergi Roberto (RB) – The versatile 27-year-old brings an impressive creativity to the team’s defence, but he is in for a tough evening against Memphis Depay.

Gerard Pique (CB) – Pique has faced plenty of criticism this season, but continues to perform at a high level.

Clement Lenglet (CB) – Samuel Umtiti may be nearing a return from his knee injury, but he is not yet ready to start a match, meaning the impressive Lenglet will retain his place in the lineup.

Jordi Alba (LB) – The 29-year-old remains one of Europe’s best left-backs, and he has already registered one goal and three assists in his five Champions League appearances this season.

2. Midfielders

Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets (DM) – The eternally underappreciated Busquets will anchor Barcelona’s midfield on Tuesday, giving his teammates plenty of freedom to work their magic.

Ivan Rakitic (CM) – Rakitic has been the subject of frustration from many fans this season, and he will certainly be eager to prove his doubters wrong against Lyon.

Arturo Vidal (CM) – With Arthur unavailable through injury, Vidal will likely earn his second Champions League start of the season.

3. Forwards

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi (RW) – Even at 31 years old, Messi continues to astound defenders across the globe, and he will be looking to add to his six goals in the competition this season.

Luis Suarez (ST) – Suarez is yet to open his account in the Champions League this season but, after sitting out the majority of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Real Valladolid, he should be raring to go.

Philippe Coutinho (LW) – Coutinho’s form has been closely scrutinised this season, but the former Liverpool man has already racked up a goal and three assists in Champions League. A big performance on Tuesday would work wonders for his confidence.


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