[ad#m1] French mammoths Paris Saint-Germain will play host to the Catalans in the quarter final fixture of the splendid Champions League tournament at Parc des Princes. The last time these two clubs met was in a friendly at the same venue last year. It ended 2-2 in 90 minutes and then Barcelona went on to win the match 1-4 inpenalties. You can watch the highlights of that match here.
The Catalans have won their last six Champions League quarter finals whereas Ancelotti’s team are currently experiencing a 23 match unbeaten run and will hope they continue the trend against Messi and Co.
PSG’s man to watch is without any query the tall Swede attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic whereas Lionel Messi is the man to watch for in the away side. The central midfield attack of PSG will probably see Veratti ahead of Clement Chantome and legend David Beckham in the starting 11.
Both the sides would like to win obviously, but PSG would need to try and stop Barca from getting an away goal. Two away goals and they could pretty much count themselves out of it.
Interestingly, recent rumours on Facebook suggest that Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has sent a video to PSG about Barca’s weaknesses. Could be true, if it is, very cheeky Jose.
As a tactical advantage for the Champions League match, PSG’s key players Lucas Moura and striker Ezequiel Lavezzi who were rested for their win against Montpellier are called back in the squad for this very crucial game.
It is indeed good news all around for the Les Parisiens, as Verratti and the play maker Zlatan Ibrahimovic too return from their bans. Whereas Thiago Motta is not listed in the squad as he suffers from a groin injury.
For Barca, regular starters Jordi Alba and Xavi Hernandez are being called upon for this match against the French leaders. Though, the Barcelona bench in Parc des Princes will be without Carlos Puyol, Adriano and Pedro. But the best news for the Catalans is that head coach Tito Vilanova is back with the team after his treatment in New York.
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Probable Starting Line ups
PSG: Sirigu; Van Der Wiel, Thiago, Alex, Maxwell; Verratti, Matuidi; Lucas, Pastore, Lavezzi; Ibrahimovic
Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Villa, Messi, Tello
This is not just an ordinary league fixture, this is the quarter finals of an extraordinary tournament where in Europe’s two finest teams with immense attitude go at each other, ergo this is war! Well, more than whoever wins this match, it is the beauty and the wonder of the football game itself which is presented to all of us in such a unique manner that will be remembered and cherished forever.