Griezmann Left On Bench For Barcelona Against Bayern Munich
Antoine Griezmann has been left out of Barcelona’s starting line-up for their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich in Lisbon on Friday.
The France forward drops to the bench as coach Quique Setien makes two changes to the team which defeated Napoli 3-1 last Saturday in the second leg of their last-16 tie.
Ivan Rakitic also makes way as Sergio Busquets and former Bayern man Arturo Vidal return after suspension.
German double winners Bayern are unchanged following their 4-1 defeat of Chelsea last weekend which took them to the ‘Final Eight’ 7-1 on aggregate.
That means Joshua Kimmich plays at right-back with Benjamin Pavard sidelined, and Thiago Alcantara starts against his old side in midfield.
The winners of the one-off tie, being played behind closed doors, will meet either Manchester City or Lyon in the semi-finals.
Starting line-ups in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon (kick-off 1900 GMT):
Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong; Arturo Vidal; Lionel Messi (capt), Luis Suarez
Coach: Quique Setien (ESP)
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)
Manuel Neuer (capt); Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Alphonso Davies; Leon Goretzka, Thiago Alcantara; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Mueller, Ivan Perisic; Robert Lewandowski
Coach: Hansi Flick (GER)
Referee: Damir Skomina (SLO)