UEFA Champions League: Predicting the Barcelona Starting XI vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

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UEFA Champions League: Predicting the Barcelona Starting XI vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
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Another dull round of International games has almost passed us by. In a little over a week the first legs of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals will be played.

Under Pep Guardiola, the Blaugrana usually struggle to get an acceptable result when its players come back from international duty.

Then one has to take the looming La Liga strike into account, two weeks without proper match exercise. It’ll be hard for Pep’s squad to get their rhythm back.

But then again, the majority of FC Barcelona’s players make up the core of Spain’s national team, meaning they have just about enough exercise to get back into club football. It’s the rest of the team that has huge question marks hanging over them.

Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola is one of the most predictable managers when it comes to his preferred starting eleven.

Formation (4-3-3)

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