Barcelona have a tough task ahead of them if they are to keep their Champions League ambitions alive. The Catalans will need to earn all three points when they face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena next week after failing to win against Benfica in their last group match. If Barca fails to win, they will have to rely on Dynamo Kyiv, who are winless in the competition so far, beating Benfica in the other group game.
Visiting the Allianz Arena to play a Bayern Munich team that has already won all of its group games is a big job for any team.
Barcelona’s work has been made much more difficult by the absence of Ansu Fati, one of their important players. With four goals and an assist in eight games, the 18-year-old wonder has been one of Barca’s best players despite an injury-plagued start to the season. He has been out since early November with a hamstring injury he sustained against Celta Vigo.
While Fati’s involvement against Bayern Munich was always a gamble, rumors earlier this week suggested that he was willing to make himself available for selection, even if he wasn’t 100 percent fit. Barcelona will not have the Spanish international back in time for the crucial match against the German champions, according to RAC1.
He is expected to be out for the trip to Munich, and the club does not want to risk more injury by forcing him back into action. This is a huge setback for Barcelona and their chances of winning the must-win match against the Bavarian powerhouse. In the absence of Fati, it will be up to Memphis Depay and the fit-again Ousmane Dembele to step up and deliver at the Allianz Arena.