Xavi’s side secured their first league title since 2019 last term, but the former midfielder has been open about his frustrations in European competition since returning to Catalonia.
His young side are unbeaten in league action so far this season, including an impressive 5-0 win over Real Betis last weekend. They will now be looking to carry that form into the Champions League group stage, the stage they were knocked out of last time.
What time does Barcelona vs Antwerp kick off?
This Champions League clash takes place at the Estadio Olimpico Lluis Company in Barcelona, Spain and kicks off on Tuesday, September 19 at 9:00 p.m. local time.
Barcelona vs Antwerp lineups and team news
Pedri and Ronald Araujo are both still out of action for Xavi through injury. Summer signings Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix could make their Champions League debuts for their new side alongside Ilkay Gundogan, who is returning from injury.
Barcelona lineup (4-3-3):
Ter Stegan (GK) — Cancelo, Koune, Christensen, Balde — Gavi, Gundogan, de Jong — Torres, Lewandowski, Felix
Mark van Bommel’s Antwerp saw off AEK Athens in the Champions League playoffs and their starting lineup will feature some recognisable names including former Tottenham Hotspur pair Vincent Janssen and Toby Alderweireld.
Antwerp lineup (4-2-3-1):
Butez (GK) — De Laet, Alderweireld, Coulibaly, Vines — Keita, Vermeeren — Balikwisha, Ekkelenkamp, Muja — Janssen