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Barcelona’s four possible XIs vs Chelsea

Barcelona vs Chelsea

Chelsea face a daunting task on Wednesday night in the Champions League when they take on Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

The last time Chelsea competed in this fixture was almost six years ago. On that occasion Chelsea scored a 2-2 draw to knock Barca out the Champions League.

But few expect Chelsea to repeat that success this week.

Barcelona haven’t lost this season in La Liga, while Ernesto Valverde’s side recorded a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Ahead of Wednesday’s match, Spanish paper Sport have considered four alternative line-ups Barcelona could deploy against the Blues.

1. Andres Iniesta starts

Barcelona’s major injury doubt concerns Andres Iniesta, who has been suffering from a hamstring issue.

Iniesta, however, came through Monday’s training session unscathed, and he’s in line to return against Chelsea.

Valverde could pick Iniesta to play down the left in his favoured 4-4-2, while Sergio Busquets partners with Paulinho in the middle.

There’s no room in this formation for Ousmane Dembele.

Barcelona vs Chelsea: Option 1

2. Andres Iniesta doesn’t start

Alternatively, Iniesta could be left on the bench for Barca at kick off.

That could switch up the make-up of Barcelona’s midfield four.

One option would be Andre Gomes (or perhaps Dembele) to play down the right, Ivan Rakitic would move in-field alongside Busquets, and Paulinho would shift to the left.

Barcelona vs Chelsea: Option 2

3. Iniesta in, Dembele in

While Valverde is known for his 4-4-2, could he change to a 4-3-3 against Chelsea in the second leg?

Barcelona’s most attacking line-up could see Iniesta start on the left of a midfield three with Rakitic and Busquets.

Leo Messi could drop into the hole behind a front line of Dembele and Luis Suarez.

Barcelona vs Chelsea: Option 3

4. Dembele in, no Iniesta

The final option is to keep the 4-3-3 formation, however Iniesta is left out of the starting team.

Paulinho would play on the left in his place.

Barcelona vs Chelsea: Option 4

Also see: Barcelona’s Andre Gomes shockingly sad interview before Chelsea.

Cesc Fabregas: How Chelsea can beat Barcelona.


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