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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona team news: Xavi seeks Europa League glory as Bundesliga side look to defy the odds


Barcelona travel to Germany on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Manager Xavi is playing brilliant football for the Catalans, and they are one of the favorites to win the secondary club competition in Europe.

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Barcelona are a fit team as they bet on a different kind of European glory than what they may be used to.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona team news: Xavi seeks Europa League glory as Bundesliga side look to defy the odds

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Xavi is in the hunt for his first major trophy as Barcelona boss

In their path are Frankfurt, who sit ninth in the Bundesliga, 27 points off the top of the table.

Oliver Glasner’s side, however, have been much better in Europe and are unbeaten in the Europa League so far.

They overcame Real Betis in the final round with an own goal in the last minute of extra time and now face a Barcelona side in sublime form.

The La Liga giants are unbeaten in their last 13 games in all competitions and have conceded no goals in four of their last five fixtures.

They sealed their place in the quarter-finals with a 5-3 aggregate win over Napoli, so it’s hard to see how Frankfurt stop them.

This is the first competitive encounter between these two and it would be a surprise if Barcelona don’t emerge victorious.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona team news: Xavi seeks Europa League glory as Bundesliga side look to defy the odds

It could be a long night for Glasner

Eintracht Frankfurt v Barcelona: Start date and time

This Europa League game will take place on Thursday, April 7.

The game at Deutsche Bank Park is scheduled to start at 8pm UK time.

Frankfurt have lost four of their last seven home games, so Barcelona will be looking to take advantage.

Eintracht Frankfurt v Barcelona TV Channel and Live Stream

This game will be shown on BT Sport 1 Extra with coverage starting at 7.55pm.

BT Sport customers can stream this live through the app using their mobile devices, tablets or computers.

Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the evening.

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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona team news: Xavi seeks Europa League glory as Bundesliga side look to defy the odds

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been fantastic for Barca

Eintracht Frankfurt v Barcelona: Team News

The visitors will be without Ansu Fati as he speeds up his comeback from a hamstring injury.

Xavi will also be without Europa League specialist Luuk de Jong, the striker has tested positive for Covid and has not traveled to Germany.

Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto and Sergino Dest remain injured, leaving Barcelona with a problem in defense as Dani Alves is ineligible for the Europa League.

Memphis Depay will also miss the game with a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, the home side have pretty much a whole squad to choose from with Christopher Lenz and Dianat Ramaj being the only real concerns for the Bundesliga outfit.

Daichi Kamada returned from a foot problem this weekend and was able to start.

Eintracht Frankfurt – Barcelona: what was said?

Barcelona coach Xavi: “People will say Barcelona are the favorites because of history and they’re used to seeing us play in the Champions League – but it’s not the Champions League.

“We are contenders, we have a great chance, but I’m not going to sit here and say we are favourites.

“The quarter-finals are very strong and at this point everyone involved will feel they have a chance to win.

“As someone who played at Glasgow, no one is going to have an easy time against Rangers. But it is a competition that we take seriously and that we want to win.

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