Berlin/Barcelona, Apr 6 (EFE).- An in-form Barcelona will take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the first-leg of Europa League quarterfinal with the aim of reclaiming some of the club’s former continental glory having snatched the second spot in Spain’s LaLiga table.
On a 13-match unbeaten run across all competitions, Barça approach the game as the main contender for the title.
In this first-leg of the tie at the Deutsche Bank Park, the Catalan club will try for a strong enough result to keep the second-leg out of Eintracht’s reach next week.
Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernández has few players on the sidelines through injury — Memphis Depay, Sergiño Dest, Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati.
Luuk De Jong will also miss the game after testing positive for the coronavirus last week.
Eintracht, meanwhile, have hit a poor run of form, having recently settled for scoreless draw against the Bundesliga’s last-placed Fürth.
It will be a different game for the German club, due to the caliber of the opponent.
Their chances will mostly rely on the counterattacks and set-pieces. To that end, the wonderful left foot of Filip Kostic will be handy as his movements down the left wing are dangerous and his shots on goal are often deadly. EFE