PSG vs Barcelona is one of the Uefa Champions League familiar fixtures of recent times. It’s not only the game which looks familiar, the result has also been familiar for the football fans around the world. Barcelona has played PSG twice in last three seasons knockout games, and on both occasions they managed to move forward eliminating PSG. Les Parisiens familiar opponent are up for challenge once again, and it’s time for them to show some fighting spirit against the world’s best.
PSG has never failed to score against the Catalans at Parc des Princes, and they will hope this time they manages a good lead. Edinson Cavani & Angel Di Maria are two of the clubs assets who are in fine form, and both of them will also be celebrating their birthday on big night in Paris. It is also expected new signing from Wolfsburg, Julian Draxler will be joining them to show some fighting spirit.
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There are concerns in PSG midfield because of Javier Pastore injury worries and Thiago Motta suspension. However, they have got Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Adrien Rabiot, and Julian Draxler into their side to create problem for Barcelona. Their defence consists of Thiago Silva, Layvin Kurzawa, Marquinhos, Thomas Meunier, and Kevin Trapp in gloves.
On Valentine’s night, there will be a huge crowd on roads of Paris, but PSG vs Barcelona fixture is expected to bring some love birds into the Parc des Princes as well. If Cavani & Di Maria scores, there is certainly going to be the marriage proposals for them, although both of them are already married.
Well, coming back to football, there is no denying Barcelona will be playing with their best playing XI. MSN will be leading from front, and all three have got their firing boots on. Messi & Suarez, both are up against each other in Laliga Pichachi Award race with 18 & 17 goals respectively in Laliga, but in champions league game Messi has an edge with 10 goals to his name from five games. Neymar & Suarez – both shares only a couple of goals this season in Europe top flight football, but Neymar has most number of assists(7) to his name this season.
Andres Iniesta & Sergio Busquets are back to full fitness, and they will be leading the charge in midfield for Blaugranas alongside Ivan Rakitic. Although, Luis Enrique hasn’t shown much confidence in Rakitic this season, but Croatian has found his place back in the team. Aleix Vidal & Javier Mascherano injuries have left Catalans with limited option on the bench, but they are lucky Busquets & Iniesta has find their footing back. Sergio Roberto will return to his earlier position as right-back once again, and Jordi Alba will take his left-back position. Gerard Pique & Samuel Umtiti will have the task to stop Di Maria & Cavani upfront in central defending role, whereas Marc-Andre Ter Stegen will guard the Barcelona net.
There is going to be some personal battle for supremacy. Whereas Messi has 10 goals to his name, Cavani also has six goals to his name this season in Uefa Champions League. Thiago Silva will have to be impressive to mark MSN, whereas Gerard Pique & Samuel Umtiti will have an impeccable task to stop Cavani & Di Maria.
There will be huge expectation from PSG, especially when they are playing home game. Parisians will expect to get a positive result to counter Blaugranas at Camp Nou, but they will have to maintain the disciplines in defense. When MSN gets going together, no team in the world can stop them.
Qatar Sports Investment president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has made huge investment to build the PSG squad, and champions league is their main target to win. Club manager Uni Emery has also made clear, he doesn’t feel inferior to Catalans side. In a news conference, he said, “Everybody knows Barcelona. We have analyzed them, and they will have analyzed us. I have been working on our tactical plan and we do not feel inferior to anyone.”
Well, will they be able to stop Barcelona going forward or they will be Catalans victim once again, will be decided in upcoming twenty days time over the both legs of the tie. But, first they need to be well prepared for the home game, taking one stride at a time.