Barcelona turn their attention to European matters on Tuesday night, as they host Benfica in Xavi’s first Champions League match as a manager.
The 41-year-old featured 151 times in the competition as a player, winning four titles, and will oversee his first managerial experience in Europe’s elite club competition as Jorge Jesus’ side visits Camp Nou.
Xavi got his reign in the dugout off to an ideal start on Saturday night, beating city rivals Espanyol 1-0 courtesy of a Memphis Depay penalty. Barcelona have endured a comparatively dreadful European campaign so far this season, but a win in his second game in charge would guarantee the club a spot in the Champions League knockout stage with a game to spare.
To do so, La Blaugrana must beat a Benfica side who defeated the Catalans 3-0 earlier in the campaign and who come into this tie in a strong vein of form. Here’s who Xavi could field to earn a big three points.