Barcelona's starting XI vs Dynamo Kyiv: Koeman puts out a B team

Barcelona's starting XI vs Dynamo Kyiv: Koeman puts out a B team

Dynamo Kyiv vs Barcelona, UEFA Champions League 2020-21, Live Telecast and Live Streaming Online in IST: Barcelona will travel to Ukraine knowing a win over Dynamo Kyiv will secure their place in the UEFA Champions League 2020-21 knockouts.

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman fielded a team without talisman Lionel Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with both players staying behind in Spain to rest due to a massive club and country fixture pileup in recent weeks.

The result left Juve second in Group G on nine points from four games, three behind leaders Barcelona.

However, Barca have failed to carry the same form against in their domestic competition and are sitting at a lowly 12th after their most recent loss against Atletico Madrid.

According to Koeman, he has made a decision to rest Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the European tie because they are in a good position in their group but are struggling in 12th place in LaLiga.

"We've decided not to take Leo or Frenkie because our situation in the Champions League is quite comfortable", Koeman told reporters ahead of Tuesday's game.

"Sometimes you need to protect the players because the game calendar is incredible", Koeman said.

"It's time for UEFA, FIFA to think about what they are doing to footballers, the amount of games they need to play is insane". "Both have played nearly every minute and come from playing with their national teams", Koeman added.

Coronavirus, which broke out in the last November, wreaked havoc across the globe, bringing all the sporting activities to a halt.

A number other stars such as Ansu Fati, Sergio Busquets and Ronald Araujo are still on the sidelines while Samuel Umtiti is still battling knee issues.

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