FC Barcelona Starting XI Prediction vs Liverpool (UCL Semifinals)

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FC Barcelona will welcome Liverpool to Catalonia in mid-week for the first leg of their UCL semifinal tie in what promises to be a truly electric night at the Camp Nou. Barca are big favorites, but they know the challenge ahead of them in facing the runner-up from last year’s competition.

The Catalan club has a special plan as to how they will attack the Reds, and it seems the word is out on that. According to ESPN, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde will emulate the approach of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who achieved a win and a draw in his two meetings with Liverpool this season.

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Last season, the Reds got the best of City, beating them in domestic competition (in what was definitely the most entertaining game of the Premier League season), and knocking them out of the UEFA Champions League competition. Guardiola has since made adjustments this season and the Barca boss reportedly believes the key to success will be making a tactical adjustment to try and overcome Liverpool’s pressing.

“Liverpool apply very high pressure in the form of six or even seven players,” a club source told ESPN FC.

“They want to make you uncomfortable and, if possible, they want to rob the ball back. Our intention is to play as we always do. We want to get the ball at the back and play through their press. But we haven’t ruled out going long if we have to.”

We shall see Wednesday night if this is the tactic, or if it’s just a smokescreen planted in the media.

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Either way, here is the first team prognostication we’re making for the Spanish champions in this one.

FC Barcelona Starting XI Prediction vs Liverpool FC    UCL Semifinal

Phillipe Coutinho      Luis Suarez        Lionel Messi

Arthur Melo       Sergio Busquets      Ivan Rakitic

Jordi Alba         Clement  Lenglet       Gerard Pique    Sergi Roberto

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

 

Liverpool at FC Barcelona UEFA Champions League Semi-final FYIs

Kickoff- Wednesday May 1 Camp Nou 8pm

Starting XI Predictions- FC Barcelona   Liverpool

Injury report for both sides: go to this link

Google Result Probability-  FC Barcelona win 51%, Draw 26%, Manchester United win 23%

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Referee- Bjourn Kuipers

Odds via Sky Bet- FC Barcelona 17/20, Draw 14/5, Liverpool win 29/10

Press conference video, quotes- coming Tuesday

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets:Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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  1. BARCA 3 LIVERPOOL 1

  2. Zaidoon Sarsam says

    BARCA 33 LIVERPOOL 1

  3. AMOS N. JOHNSON says

    We have reached the point where the world is looking at us (Barca) to proof ourselves the Best Playing team ever on this planet of ours.

  4. Amos N. Johnson says

    The above starter is great Phillipe Coutinho Luis Suarez Lionel Messi

    Arthur Melo Sergio Busquets Ivan Rakitic

    Jordi Alba Clement Lenglet Gerard Pique Sergi Roberto

    Marc-Andre ter Stegen

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