Group F Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola coach has told his players to be humble when they entertain Dynamo Kyivon Tuesday.
Dynamo come into the tie top of Group F having defeated Rubin Kazan 3-1 on Matchday 1, while Barcelona are looking to maintain the form that saw them lift last season’s trophy.
“If there is one team that isn’t favourite to win the title, then it’s us because no one has won the Champions League two years in a row,” said Guardiola. “We have confidence after winning the competition last year, but we know we have to work hard for it again like we did last season. By being humble we were able to win, but you have to prove that every day, that’s what football is about.
“I haven’t spoken to [Barcelona’s former FC Shakhtar Donetsk defender] Chygrynskiy yet about Dynamo. They are top of their domestic league and have very good players such as Shevchenko and Gusev. They are tactically astute under Gazzaev.
“Thierry Henry won’t play. He has a left thigh injury which will keep him out for six or seven days. Iniesta will be in the team [after a thigh injury]. He’s much better now and that’s good news for us.”
Valeri Gazzaev, Dynamo coach, paid tribute to striker Andriy Shevchenko, who has been one of the most prolific strikers in the hixtory of the Champions League.
“We had a day’s rest to prepare for the match against Barcelona; we trained and saw how Barcelona play and we’re ready now for the match,” he said. “On Tuesday Andriy Shevchenko will be 33. He’s doing fine and I hope he will be in the starting XI. He was here 12 years ago.
“It’ll be interesting for him to play and interesting for the crowd to see him play here. Shevchenko is an extraordinary player; one of the best players in the UEFA Champions League. He has a lot of experience and we have a young enough team so that experience is vital.
“I don’t know if Barcelona take Dynamo seriously, but tomorrow they will see how well we have prepared.”