Xavi plans to be bold at Bayern Munich as Barcelona chase Champions League progress

Head coach Xavi plans to be bold as struggling Barcelona aim to win at Bayern Munich for the first time and guarantee progression to the Champions League knockouts, according to SPORT.

A demanding task awaits the Catalans on Wednesday evening when they head out at Allianz Arena. The dominant hosts are already qualified to the round of 16, but boast a 100-per-cent record and exacted a humiliating 3-0 defeat in September’s one-sided reverse fixture.

Real Betis’ 1-0 win at Camp Nou last weekend will have further worried Xavi. The legendary former midfielder, however, has prepared a 3-4-3 formation and could bring maverick France winger Ousmane Dembele into the XI.

Gerard Pique and Frenkie de Jong will also be restored to the starting side after being rested in the preceding La Liga loss.