Barcelona will be looking to capitalize on their good form of late and go a step further to well and truly get Xavi’s new era underway by claiming European silverware. Galatasaray make the trip to the Nou Camp on Thursday night in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie.
The Catalan giants are in top form, with four wins in a row in all competitions and unbeaten in their last eight. Barca got past Napoli in the last round, seeing off the Italian outfit with the 4-2 win in Naples.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got off the mark for his new club in Europe by adding the fourth for Xavi’s side in that game. The former Arsenal man has 23 goals in 45 Europa League appearances across his career, with only Radamel Falcao, Aritz Aduriz, and Munas Dabbur scoring more than him in the competition.
After a fantastic start to life in Catalonia, Aubemayang will fancy his chances of adding to that tally against a Galatasaray that are struggling; 12th in Turkey’s Super Lig, winning just two of their last 12 games in all competitions.