The UEFA Champions League group stage comes to an end on Tuesday night in Group C, as winners Barcelona welcome third-place Borussia Mönchengladbach to Camp Nou. All positions in the group are decided, and the points just don't matter. Both teams will play for pride and Barça will try to build on a strong El Clásico performance to improve a record of just one win in the last five games in all competitions.
Luis Enrique is expected to make major rotations on his squad, to preserve his best players and to give European minutes to some reserves and maybe some youngsters. The Blaugrana have already won the group and even a second team can beat Gladbach, so expect to see some big names on the bench or even watching the stands.
Two of those names can't play anyway: Neymar and Ivan Rakitic picked up a third yellow card against Celtic FC in the last Champions League match and will serve their automatic suspensions in this one, so they have a clean yellow card bill going into the knockout rounds. It's good for them, too, since Neymar and Rakitic are among the most heavy-minute players this season, and given the Brazilian will also miss the La Liga match at the weekend through suspension, he's got a week's vacation.
Gladbach don't have the luxury of rotation, but it's nothing to do with their position in the group: they will play the Europa League next season, but they have so many injuries that coach André Schubert has very little options to rotate his team and use some reserves at Camp Nou. Captain Lars Stindl is suspended after a red card against Manchester City two weeks ago, and he can't play either. So expect Gladbach's strongest possible lineup, even though that's not what they actually planned.
This is the full list of injuries and suspensions for Tuesday's match:
|Neymar Jr.||Barcelona||Out (Suspension)|
|Ivan Rakitic||Barcelona||Out (Suspension)|
|Jérémy Mathieu||Barcelona||Out (Calf)|
|Lars Stindl||Gladbach||Out (Suspension)|
|Patrick Hermann||Gladbach||Out (Ankle)|
|Álvaro Domínguez||Gladbach||Out (Back)|
|Mamadou Doucuré||Gladbach||Out (Muscle)|
|Ibrahima Traoré||Gladbach||Doubtful (Groin)|
|Marvin Schulz||Gladbach||Doubtful (Hip)|