Luis Enrique remains unfazed by ongoing injury problems at Barcelona, and promised some experiments for the game against BATE, noting: "It is good to be flexible on the pitch."
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- "Leo Messi's recovery is going according to plan," says Luis Enrique
- If Barcelona win and Roma do not, Barça reach last 16 for 12th season running
- Holders have not lost at home in this competition since May 2013
- BATE have won only one of 13 previous UEFA Champions League away games
- Belarusian champions unbeaten away in league all season
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Adriano; Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitić; Sandro, Suárez, Neymar.
Out: Messi (knee), Douglas (foot), Rafinha (knee)
BATE: Chernik; Polyakov, Gaiduchik, Milunović, Mladenović; Yablonski, Nikolić, A Volodko/Hleb; Stasevich, Gordeichuk; Mozolevski.
Out: Rodionov (knee), Signevich (ankle), Zhavnerchik (ankle)
Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach
Leo Messi's recovery is going according to plan. There is no update on his injury. Plus I don't worry too much about injuries before Christmas. This season injuries have forced me to use some players more, but come January we will be back to full strength. We will not be playing a 4-4-2; maybe we will try other formations. It is good to be flexible on the pitch.
Aleksandr Yermakovich, BATE coach
Of course we know the potential of our opponents and we expect them to play with their best team, but we are completely prepared for this match. We are playing against the best team in the world and they have the best players for their respective positions. We are really looking forward to the challenge of facing a team of such quality.
Getafe 0-2 Barcelona (Suárez 37, Neymar 58)
Luis Suárez (eight goals in seven games) and Neymar (six in five) ensured Barcelona kept pace with Real Madrid at the Liga summit. The pair have scored Barcelona's last 14 league goals. Andrés Iniesta returned after a month out with a hamstring problem.
Dinamo Brest 0-1 BATE (Gordeichuk 71)
Already confirmed as Belarusian champions, BATE did not ease off for the trip to Brest. The result meant they went through their Premier League season undefeated away from home.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Reporter's view: Graham Hunter (@UEFAcomGrahamH)
The last time these sides met at the Camp Nou, four years ago, Josep Guardiola left out 14 first-team regulars, Barça won 4-0 and Sergi Roberto, currently in superb form, scored his debut UEFA Champions League goal. There is still no Messi but Neymar and Suárez are making a decent fist of filling the void.
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BATE are still seeking their first win on the road in this season's UEFA Champions League. After two draws and a defeat in away matches during qualifying, they crashed 4-1 at Bayer Leverkusen in their opening Group E assignment. Find out more in our extensive match background.