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Sport How will Barcelona line up against PSG?

11:23  09 march  2021
11:23  09 march  2021 Source:   sbnation.com

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Barcelona are back in Champions League action on Tuesday as last season’s runners- up Paris Saint-Germain are at the Camp Nou for the first leg of their last 16 tie. It promises to be an intriguing game that will be back memories of that comeback in 2017 when Barca pulled off one of the greatest results in the competition’s history. Possible XI: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Umtiti, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Messi, Griezmann. How do you think Barcelona will line up against PSG ? Let us know your thoughts, predictions and teams in the comments below!

Mauricio Pochettino gears up for a baptism of fire in his first Champions League game in charge of Paris Saint-Germain as his team travel to Barcelona for the first leg of their last-16 battle. PSG topped Group H under Thomas Tuchel and warmed up for this game with a 2-1 triumph over Nice in Ligue 1, with Julian Draxler and Moise Kean finding the back of the net in that one. The visitors have already renewed hostilities with Barcelona off the pitch regarding their pursuit of Lionel Messi, and they are now returning to the scene of La Remontada

Barcelona are in France on Wednesday for a Champions League last-16 second leg against Paris Saint-Germain and have a mountain to climb after going down 4-1 at the Camp Nou.

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Ronald Koeman’s side have managed one great comeback recently, in the Copa del Rey against Sevilla, but this is a different task altogether and will be a lot harder.

Yet Barca will head to the Parc des Princes with belief and confidence after a good run of results and let’s hope they can put on a show.

Defense

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Koeman is without Gerard Pique for this one and there’s no guarantee Ronald Araujo will be fit either. The Uruguayan has not returned yet from ankle trouble, and all eyes will be on the training ground on Tuesday to see if he’s back with the group.

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Barcelona starting line - up . Barcelona won the 1997 UEFA Cup Winners against the previous cup holder Paris Saint -Germain. Ronaldo scoring the winning goal. Barcelona 's record against French opponents is W12 D8 L4. PSG 's record against Spanish sides is W10 D7 L9. PSG manager Unai Emery has come up against Barcelona 23 times in his coaching career and won just once which was in La Liga last season.

Barcelona will certainly be hoping that Araujo does make it with Koeman likely to stick with three at the back once again. Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza, and Samuel Umtiti are also available and will be hoping to start, while Sergino Dest and Jordi Alba should continue as the two wing-backs.

Midfield

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Expect to see Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, and Pedri in midfield unless Barca suffer any late injuries or Koeman decides to shake things up.

Miralem Pjanic is fit again but still hasn’t earned Koeman’s trust. Youngsters Ilaix Moriba and Riqui Puig may get some Champions League minutes off the bench.

Attack

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Captain Lionel Messi will lead the team out once again but it will be interesting to see who else Koeman starts up front for Barcelona.

Antoine Griezmann was back in the starting XI at the weekend but did not take his chance and may find himself back on the bench.

Ousmane Dembele looks a good option to start against PSG and is in decent form with two goals in his last three matches in all competitions.

Possible XI: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Araujo, Lenglet; Dest, De Jong, Busquets, Pedri, Alba; Messi, Dembele.

How do you think Barcelona should line up against PSG? Let us know your thoughts, teams, and predictions in the comments below!

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