The Catalan giants were held to a draw in Germany last night after a difficult encounter at Frankfurt Eintracht.
Xavi Hernadez gave rest to Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong, and started Gavi and Adama Traore in their stead. However, the strategy was exposed by the German side, making it difficult for Barca to pose any threat.
Barca went into the match on the back of a title deciding fixture against Sevilla in La Liga where they narrowly escaped with a 2-1 victory.
Frankfurt stifled Barca’s play, ensuring there was a disconnect between the midfield and the forwards, effectively curtailing Barca’s attacks.
In the 48th minute, Ansgar Kinauff latched on to a rebound and powered a well timed shot pass a hapless Ter Stegen to hand the German side the lead.
However, the introduction of Dembele and Frenkie de Jong in the second half of the game changed things for the Catalan side. The plays started to click more, and Dembele’s run down the right side started to prove decisive.
At the 65th minute of the game, Dembele picked up the ball down the flanks and found Frenkie de Jong just outside of Frankfurt’s box. A quick one-two combination between Frenkie de Jong and Ferran Torres resulted in the equaliser.
Although Barca tried to reverse the situation with more incisive plays and attacks through Dembele and Ferran Torres, the German side countered, forcing the game to end in a stalemate.
The second leg of the game will be decisive at Camp Nou in the return leg.