Barcelona vs Galatasaray live stream: TV schedule, team news, kick-off time and more
Can the Xavi revitalization continue as Barcelona looks to win the Europa League?
We’re in for another Europa League match that will feel like a Champions League tie as Barcelona roll on after seeing off Napoli. Xavi has the team playing well these days, only losing once in La Liga play since he took over in November. Even pulling performances out of Ousmane Dembele with a goal and three assists in his last four games since returning to the squad after being frozen out, everything that Xavi touches is turning to gold.
Considering league form, Galatasaray’s run to the last 16 has been improbable as Domèmec Torrent’s side sits 12th in the Süper Lig. But left back Patrick van Aanholt comes in with the belief that they can beat anyone on their day. Bafétimbi Gomis was added to the side to improve their scoring and has done just that with three goals across four appearances for the squad. But can he keep up these performances leading the line against better defenses?
A rejuvenated Barcelona host Turkish giants Galatasaray in the last 16 of the Europa League this evening, with the teams meeting for the first time in 20 years. Back then, Barca’s head coach Xavi was a fresh-faced youngster on the cusp of the first team. Make sure you know how to watch a Barcelona vs Galatasaray live stream from anywhere in the world tonight.
The team news is in, and Barca have raised a few eyebrows with their starting XI. Gerard Pique, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Busquets make way for Nico González, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia, who has had plenty of critics. Iñaki Peña starts between the sticks against his parent club, while star man Sofiane Feghouli takes the captain’s armband. New signing Bafetimbi Gomis starts on the bench.
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Whisper it, but at long last Barcelona seem to have a good thing going. The arrivals of Adama Traore and Aubameyang have supercharged their attacking play, though the latter is being rested tonight. They scored four delightful goals to breeze past fellow heavyweights Napoli in the knockout round play-offs and establish themselves as favourites for the trophy, though they remain highly suspect at the back.
Galatasaray’s terrific Europa League form has been the sole highlight of an otherwise miserable season. Winning the cup would be the Istanbul club’s only chance of continental football next season. Gala, and Feghouli in particular, were terrific as they eclipsed Lazio and Marseille in the group stage, and new coach Domènec Torrent has intimate knowledge of the Barcelona way, having been Pep Guardiola’s assistant for many a year.
It’s an 8pm GMT kick-off at Camp Nou on Thursday 10th March 2022. Read on for more details on how to watch a Barcelona vs Galatasaray live stream wherever you are in the world.
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Date: Thursday, Mar. 10 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Camp Nou — Barcelona, Spain
Live stream: Paramount+
Odds: Barcelona -750; Draw +675; Galatasaray +2000
Barcelona: Under Xavi, Barcelona are fun again. Unbeaten in their last 11 league matches, Barcelona have climbed to third in La Liga and while they probably won’t catch Real Madrid, it’s an impressive performance from the team that was mired in midtable land during the season. Xavi has wanted the team to play the Barcelona way and it shows as they boast the second-best pass completion in La Liga since Xavi has taken over. They’re also holding the ball an impressive 62.9 percent of the time, just a hair behind Real Madrid for the lead. Sporting a goal difference of +15, the best defense has been attacking for them and that will continue to be the case facing Galatasaray.
Galatasaray: A team that doesn’t try to push possession, Galatasaray may have to change their tactics to have a chance to get anything out of this match. Ceding possession to Barcelona will only lead to a loss so they’ll hope that the midfield can be strong to win for the first time ever at Camp Nou. With their struggles domestically, Galatasaray are unbeaten in their last 10 European matches so Torrent can at least hope to lean on his team on a European night. But it likely won’t be enough as Barcelona seems too strong to stop at this juncture.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang keeps his good run going for Barcelona as they roll to a comprehensive victory in front of their home crowd. Pick: Barcelona 3, Galatasaray 1