The day has come. The best anthem that exists is played again. FC Barcelona vs Porto on matchday 2 of Group H of the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Xavi’s side are looking for their second consecutive victory to consolidate their lead. As always, in SPORT you can follow all the previous and minute-by-minute of the match.
LEADER DE JONG
Gavi and Joao Félix have come out publicly to praise the leadership of Frenkie de Jong, a true banner of this Barça. Asked about a player he admires, the Los Palacios player has mentioned the Dutchman several times as his reference.
Tonight, the bravery and daring of the former Ajax player will be key to dominating and being able to get a positive result from the home visit. He is a born leader.
CLEAR THE GHOSTS
One of the great objectives beyond scoring three points is to convince and think about taking a step forward. This is what Xavi Hernández wanted to reflect in the pre-match press conference.
“You have to think positively. It is the ideal match against a historic and in a campo, it is a big appointment. We have to go on the attack,” promised the Barça coach. Only in this way will the ghosts of the past be cleared in this competition.
Will Barça beat Porto tonight at Do Dragao? The followers of SPORT have it very clear: most agree that there will be a Barça victory in Portuguese lands.
Cancelo will have the challenge of winning for the first time in the temple of Porto. And it is that Cancelo has a balance of a win, a draw and a defeat in his three duels against the ‘dragons’ … and the only triumph was achieved at the Etihad Stadium when he defended the shirt of Manchester City in 2020 (3-1).
THE ELEVEN OF PORTO
This is the scheme that the local set could present:
Diogo Costa; Joao Mário, Fábio Cardoso, Carmo, Wendell; Varela, Eustáquio, Pepe, Galen; Ivan Jaime and Taremi.
Barça are preparing for a great night of the Champions League. Araujo and Koundé could return to lead the back as an antidote to Porto’s rapid transitions.
These is the eleven that Xavi could present in Do Dragao:
Ter Stegen; Cancelo, Araujo, Koundé, Balde; Romeu, Gündogan, Gavi; Lamine Yamal, Lewandowski and Joao Felix.
WHERE TO SEE IT?
The duel can be followed live through the SPORTS website, with all the details of the minute-by-minute. In Spain, it can be seen from 21:00 through Movistar Champions League, Movistar Plus + and Movistar +.
A DUEL OF MAXIMUM DEMAND
After a placid debut against Antwerp in Montjuïc, Xavi’s team will face the Portuguese team at home, who also added three points on their first day against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Good morning… The Champions League is finally back! FC Barcelona visits Porto tonight from 9:00 p.m. on the second day of the group stage.