Back-to-back defeats to Ajax and Athletic Bilbao followed by a come-from-behind win against Cartagena in the Copa del Rey, mean that, rather strangely, the Argentine coach needs his side to put in a strong performance against Celtic on Wednesday night.
Paddy Power offer a home win at the Camp Nou at just 2/11 (1.18), while the Scottish champions, who have nothing but pride to play for, can be backed at 14/1 (15.00).
As well as needing a performance, Barca also need a point to ensure top spot in the group, so expect a high intensity start from the Catalans.
To this end, backing first-half goals could well be the best way forward and over 1.5 goals in the opening 45 minutes is offered at 4/5 (1.80).
As always, trying to generate any value in a home game where Barca are massive favorites is tough, yet this seems to be a decent option.
This bet has paid out in seven of Barca last 11 home games in the Champions League including last season against Celtic, and against a Bhoys team that is yet to keep a clean sheet in the tournamen, there is every chance that the Spanish champions can net twice in the first half.
|Over 1.5 goals first half at 4/5 (1.80) 1.5pt stake with Paddy Power|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid