Despite a huge summer spend amid a backdrop of financial uncertainty, the experiment has not worked and Xavi’s side will play in Europe’s secondary club competition for the second season running in the New Year.
With tonight’s opposition having failed to put a single point on the board thus far, it’s difficult to frame this as anything but a going-through-the-motions experience for the Catalan giants.
Still, perhaps the pressure off, Barca can make a statement before heading into the Europa League and allow some of their younger players the chance to shine.
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Where to watch Viktoria Plzen vs FC Barcelona
TV channel: The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 6, with kick-off at 8pm GMT.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game on a live stream via either the BT Sport website or app.