Barca has the youngest squad in the Champions League after 9 years

Barca launched the youngest squad in the Champions League after 9 years but still won Dynamo Kyiv to win tickets.

Barca’s meeting with Dynamo Kiev after winning 3 previous matches has helped coach Ronald Koeman for many pillars to rest. This means they use the youngest squad in the Champions League since 2011 when they met BATE Borisov in the group stage (23 years and 93 days).

Barca’s squad under Pep Guardiola at the time included Pinto; Montoya, Bartra, Fontas, Maxwell; Jonathan Dos Santos, Thiago, Sergi Roberto; Cuenca, Rafinha, and Pedro.

Now, 11 starting players from the Catalan team include Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Junior; Pjanic, Alena; Trincao, Coutinho, Pedri and Braithwaite have an average age of 24 years and 206 days.

The squad could have been younger if 17-year-old striker Ansu Fati was not injured. Meanwhile, Messi has been released, while Pique, Busquets, Sergi Roberto are injured.

Among the match’s novelty, the highlight was the presence of a player from the youth team – Oscar Mingueza. The 19-year-old midfielder from the Barca B team played very personality, taking advantage of the absence of Pique and Araujo to make an impressive debut.

Barca only launched the B team, but still won

Notably, Matheus Fernandes (22) finally made his debut as a Barcelona player. The Brazilian midfielder entered the field in the 72nd minute for Pedri and switched to interception position.

Besides, Konrad de la Fuente (age 19) has played in the first team after arriving at the club in 2014 at the age of 12. For his part, Riqui Puig made his Champions League debut at the age of 21.

Barca made a surprise decision for Messi in the match against Dynamo Kiev

Barca coach Koeman made a surprise decision for Lionel Messi against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Barcelona announced the squad for their match against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League group stage, most notably the absence of Leo Messi and Frenkie de Jong. Coach Ronald Koeman decided to give Messi and De Jong rest, alongside injured players such as Pique, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Araujo, and Ansu Fati.

Both Messi and De Jong were allowed to rest

Given this situation, Barca’s starting line-up could be attributed to Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, Alena; Dembele, Coutinho, Pedri; Griezmann.

Barca has had many unprecedented injuries after a decade

Barca is suffering from unprecedented injuries in the past decade, which partly affect the results on the pitch.

The fact that Busquets sprained his knee and had to take a three-week hiatus from the game left nine Barca players injured in the early part of this season. This is the highest number since the 2009/10 season after 10 official matches.

Ansu Fati, Alba, Araujo, Braithwaite, Busquets, Coutinho, and Junior took turns having to retire in the first 10 official matches of the season.

Ansu Fati was seriously injured

Besides, Ter Stegen underwent surgery before starting the campaign, Matheus could not start with new coach Koeman and Umtiti sidelined from last season. Barca’s most worrying injury was Ansu Fati with a torn inner meniscus and 4 months off. The young player’s long-term identity makes the club inevitably have to buy more strikers in January.

Ansu Fati was seriously injured

Wing-back Jordi Alba suffered a right thigh hamstring injury resulting in two missed matches against Gretafe and Ferencvaros. Another football star, Coutinho, suffered a left thigh injury that left him absent from Juventus, Alav├ęs, Dinamo, and Betis.

Former Barca director revealed the reason why the club did not buy Neymar

Former Director Javier Bordas revealed that Barca could not buy Neymar from PSG during the transfer window last summer for a very rare reason.

Neymar once asked to leave PSG to return to Barca in the summer of 2019 and even quit training to put pressure. But in the end, the deal broke down at the last minute and Neymar is still with PSG today. The reason for this failure was revealed by former Barca’s legal director, Javier Bordas, in an exclusive interview with Mundo Deportivo.

Mr. Bordas asserted that Barca was very serious to buy Neymar in the summer of 2019. As evidenced by the legal director of Bordas and CEO Oscar Grau and sporting director Eric Abidal went to Paris to negotiate with PSG.

The reason Neymar left Barca

In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, Bordas also confirmed that Neymar made a mistake when demanding to leave in 2017 and then wanted to return after only 2 years of adventure at PSG. Mr. Bordas also admitted that he knew the real reason why Neymar was determined to leave Barca, but it was better than the Brazilian striker explained himself.