Barcelona vs Dynamo Kiev: times, TV, how to watch online
All the information you need on how and where to watch Barcelona host Dynamo Kiev in a crunch Champions League Group E match on 20 October.
Ronald Koeman has been given the backing of the Camp Nou board to steer Barcelona through the club’s current economic and sporting crisis and went some way to smoothing ruffled feathers in the boardroom with a solid 3-1 victory over a decent Valencia side last weekend. However, Barcelona’s European pride remains a very different beast and the five-times continental champions, who bestrode the Champions League under Pep Guardiola with the foundations laid by Frank Rijkaard, are in very real danger of crashing out in the group stage for the first time in the club’s history. That, in all likelihood, would not be something Joan Laporta would be willing to let slide.
Koeman's last roll of the dice?
The game against Dynamo Kiev therefore takes on a do-or-die significance for Koeman. Lose and Barça will be bottom of the group, four point adrift of Dynamo with games against Benfica and Bayern remaining to salvage their season after a return fixture against the Ukrainian champions. Given that the Bundesliga and Primeira Liga sides handed Koeman’s team their cules on a platter in consecutive 3-0 defeats to leave Barça in this position, that is not a scenario Koeman will be keen to invite upon himself.
There are factors working in Koeman’s advantage. A home game with fans in the Camp Nou who will be equally eager to forget the battering Bayern administered; the availability of a genuine world class forward in Sergio Agüero; the goalscoring return of Ansu Fati; and the fact that although Dynamo have a point more than his side, the Ukrainian side’s last Champions League game was a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Julian Nagelsmann’s Bavarian bulldozer. Barça at least kept it to three.
Dynamo unbeaten in Ukrainian Premier League
Working against Koeman is the fact that his side have been poorly equipped this season to deal with even the slightest setback – and there have been many – and the small matter of a Clásico against Real Madrid at the weekend. Then there is the fact Dynamo are unbeaten domestically and prolific midfielder Viktor Tsyhankov is in rude form, banging in eight already in 11 Ukrainian Premier League games. Then there is the personal pressure Koeman has displayed this season. The Dutchman has made a point of blaming the club’s financial plight and injuries for lacklustre performances and the departure of Leo Messi for papering over the cracks for several seasons, and he has a point. But there are coaches the world over who have done more with less and Barça’s squad is hardly a Sunday league outfit.
There has been speculation that Barça have stuck by Koeman purely because they cannot afford to do anything else, due to his severance package and the cost of finding a suitable replacement. Defeat on Wednesday followed by a Clásico reverse and those factors may no longer be enough for a marriage of convenience to endure for the remainder of the season.
What time does Barcelona-Dynamo Kiev kick-off?
The 2021/22 Champions League group E matchday 3 fixture between Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev kicks off at Camp Nou, Barcelona, on 20 October, 2021, at 18:45 (CEST).
US ET: 12:45
US PT: 09:45
For everywhere else in the world, you can check here to see what time the Barcelona-Dynamo Kiev match gets underway.
Where can I watch Barcelona-Dynamo Kiev?
If Barcelona-Dynamo Kiev is available in your country, you can check here to see what channels or platforms will be showing the game.
Is the Barcelona-Dynamo Kiev game available online?
The Camp Nou clash is available in most nations through the rights holders' online platform, if they have one. The best option is to check who is showing the game in your country and if they have an online service or iOS/Android app to watch it on.
Barcelona-Dynamo Kiev live on AS English
You can also follow our live text commentary here on AS English. We will be building up to the match an hour or so from kick-off before giving you a minute-by-minute account from Camp Nou as the action unfolds.