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One would typically expect one of Barcelona’s famed attacking names to come up with the finish that Ansgar Knauff did in the first leg last week, but it was the Frankfurt man who stunned the Blaugrana with a peach of a half-volley from outside the area with 48 minutes gone.

The 10 men of Frankfurt could and should have chalked up more than just the one goal on the night, and that lack of ruthlessness allowed Barcelona a route back into the game, which they took through Ferran Torres after a lovely team move involving substitutes Frenkie De Jong and Ousmane Dembele.

Being held to a 1-1 stalemate by a Frankfurt side who had previously struggled for any sort of attacking impetus was a slight hit to the Barcelona momentum under Xavi, whose side were on the brink of dropping points against Levante before an unlikely name in Luuk de Jong saved their bacon in stoppage time for a 3-2 win.

Now unbeaten in 15 matches across all competitions – a stark contrast to the forgettable days of the Ronald Koeman era – Barcelona have only been eliminated in one of their last six European ties when avoiding defeat in the first leg, and it is difficult to imagine how Frankfurt’s plethora of missed opportunities will not begin to haunt them.

La Blaugrana are also welcoming Frankfurt to a ground where they have kept four clean sheets on the spin since that 1-1 draw with Napoli in the last-32 stage back in February, and now would be as good a time as ever to claim their first Europa League win on home soil since 2004

Barcelona lost Gerard Pique to an adductor issue in the first leg, but he is in the squad for this game alongside Sergino Dest, and Xavi’s defensive issues are once again complicated by Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti‘s injuries, as well as Dani Alves‘s ineligibility.

Ansu Fati continues to train with the group but is not expected to be risked just yet, while Memphis Depay is back with the ball at his feet following a thigh injury and will be assessed ahead of this one.

Pique’s absence opens up a spot for Clement Lenglet to rejoin the defence should Ronald Araujo continue to fill in at right-back, while Pedri bagged a goal off the bench at the weekend and will also expect to rotate back into the side in place of Nico Gonzalez.

Frankfurt boss Glasner will also be forced into a defensive reshuffle after Tuta was sent off for two bookable offences in the first leg, with Makoto Hasebe the likely candidate to deputise in the back three.

Midfield regular Sow was taken off with a knee ligament strain in the Freiburg loss, although Glasner is still hopeful that he will be able to play some part in midweek; Sebastian Rode should join Kristijan Jakic in the engine room if not.

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Christopher Lenz and Diant Ramaj are keeping Sow company in the treatment room, and creative hub Daichi Kamada will hope to force his way back into the XI, but Jens Petter Hauge has given Glasner food for thought with an assist at the weekend.

Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Araujo, Lenglet, Garcia, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, F. De Jong; Dembele, Aubameyang, Torres

Eintracht Frankfurt possible starting lineup:
Trapp; Hasebe, Hinteregger, Ndicka; Knauff, Rode, Jakic, Kostic; Lindstrom, Kamada; Borre

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