Xavi takes charge of his Champions League game as Barcelona coach against Benfica at Camp Nou, and there is no time to waste as he seeks to turn the tide at the club.
The Spanish team are already six points behind Bayern Munich in Group E, but the battle for second place will be their focus.
Barcelona currently occupy this place, but they are only two points ahead of Benfica and therefore cannot afford any mistakes tonight.
They were well beaten in the second leg, losing 3-0 in Portugal and having Eric Garcia sent off late to end a miserable evening.
Xavi secured a victory this weekend against Espanyol, in his first game at the head of the club, and he hopes to deliver another positive result and performance for home fans against Benfica.
Follow all the action with the Standard Sport LIVE blog below
Starting eleven: Ter Stegen, Pique, Araujo, Lenglet, Busquets, De Jong, Nico, Gavi, Demir, Alba, Memphis
Subtitles: Dest, Puig, Dembele, Neto, Coutinho, De Jong, Mingueza, Umtiti, Garcia, Pena, Balde
Benfica have shown in their defeats at the hands of Bayern Munich that he is unlikely to be a dark horse in this year’s competition and may be better suited for the Europa League.
Barcelona, meanwhile, certainly haven’t gotten over their problems, but can gain confidence from a win in Xavi’s debut and should have enough – with Camp Nou behind them – to grab the three points that will secure their place. in the round of 16.
Barcelona team news
Sergino Dest was able to train on Monday as the club monitored his fitness level, as well as those of Oscar Mingueza, Sergio Busquets and Nico Gonzalez after receiving beatings this weekend.
Sergio Aguero (heart) and Martin Braithwaite (knee) are unavailable, while Ansu Fati and Pedri are both absent with thigh issues.
Ousmane Dembele is under surveillance after hamstring injury
How to watch Barcelona vs Benfica
TV channel: Tonight’s game will be televised on BT Sport ESPN, with coverage starting at 7:45 p.m.
Direct: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online through the BT Sport website or app.
Good evening and welcome to the LIVE coverage of Standard Sport Barcelona against Benfica in the Champions League!
Xavi will handle his first game in Europe as Barcelona boss, and the Spanish side still have a lot of work to do if they want to advance to the round of 16.
Benfica won the second leg 3-0 in Portugal, but a lot has changed since then.
Kick-off at Camp Nou is at 8:00 p.m. GMT, but we’ll have all the squad news and preparation by then.