After the Xavi era began with 1-0 victory in Sunday’s derby, another huge test comes just a few days later as FC Barcelona host Benfica in a crunch game that is practically a head-to head to decide which of the two teams progresses to the knockout stages.Golden Boy award.
‘We want to win and reach the last 16’ – FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández has held his first Champions League press conference as Barça boss. He discussed a range of club issues and also analysed Benfica, who visit the Camp Nou for the Champions League group stage matchday 5 game on Tuesday (9.00pm CET).
Medical update on Sergi Roberto – FC Barcelona
First-team player Sergi Roberto continues to experience discomfort in his right thigh quadriceps muscle. He remains on the injury list until further notice.
Pedri wins Golden Boy award – FC Barcelona
Pedri was unstoppable in the race to become the Golden Boy. The FC Barcelona midfielder has won the prestigious award presented each year by Italian sports paper Tuttosport to the best footballer aged under 21. The prize will be awarded in a gala event to take place in Turin, Italy on 13 December.
Xavi linked with Al Sadd raid for Algerian hotshot – Football Espana
Barcelona boss Xavi could raid his former club Al Sadd for Algerian star Baghdad Bounedjah in January. Xavi completed a return to the Camp Nou last month, as Ronald Koeman’s replacement with La Blaugrana, after two years in Qatar. The 41-year-old clinched the Qatar Stars League title at the end of 2020/21 with Bounedjah finishing as the league’s top goal scorer with 21 goals.
Barcelona can take a step towards locking up a second-place finish in Group E of the UEFA Champions League with a win on Tuesday against Benfica. Benfica won their previous Group E meeting in September, but followed that with back-to-back losses against Bayern Munich. Barcelona had better luck in its two games against Dynamo Kyiv and took consecutive 1-0 victories. You can stream the match live on Paramount+. Golden Boy award.
Kick-off for Golden Boy award
Kick-off for Barcelona vs. Benfica is set for 3 p.m. ET from Camp Nou. Barcelona is the -155 favorite (risk $155 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Barcelona vs. Benfica odds on Caesars Sportsbook. Benfica is the +410 underdog and the over-under for total goals is 2.5. Tuesday’s match will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.
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