PSG awaits this game in a perfect atmosphere as the team just took the title in Coupe de la Ligue competition by defeating Bastia last weekend with an easy 4:0 result. However, the game was actually decided before even the first goal was scored, as one of the most important players of Bastia got excluded early in the first halftime.
Title came thanks to goals from Ibrahimovic, two in the first halftime and two goals from Cavani in the second half. No doubt that the atmosphere inside the club is great, as they have won the League Cup competition for the second consecutive season, have reached the Cup finale, but also are leading in the domestic Ligue 1 league. The team is still playing in all four competitions, being able to currently dream all four titles, something that is anyway worthy of congratulations at such a high level. What they want the most is recognition within Europe and it’s competition, but tonight they will be having quite a difficult job, as the French side can’t count at their best player Ibrahimovic (22/17) who was excluded in the previous game against Chelsea. Suspended is also midfielder Marco Verratti (27/1), as well as defender Serge Aurier (10/0). Finally, this match will also be missed by defensive midfielder Thiago Motta who is injured.
Barcelona, on the other side, comes from a slight setback, as the team only drew away from home against Sevilla 2:2 last weekend. They dominated at the start of the game, having complete control over the ball in first thirty minutes, taking a lead via Messi and Neymar, but allowed reduction of their lead against the flow of the game near the end of the first halftime.
The team has conceded seven goal seven minutes before the full time whistle, finally staying with only a point as there was no time to react furthermore. This result broke a streak of nine victories for the side of Luis Enrique, as the team now have only two points more than second placed Real Madrid, not having anymore room for additional setbacks. For tonight’s game, coach Enrique, won’t be able to count at right full back Dani Alves who is suspended and his position is expected to be taken by Adriano. In comparison to the game against Sevilla, the team show have back central defender Javier Mascherano instead of Jeremy Mathieu, while between the posts we should have German Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Barcelona’s coach admitted that they will play to win here and therefore, an open game is expected. These sides have met twice already this season, both times with each time scoring at least once and I believe we will see the same tonight. Despite absence of PSG’s best player, home side is more than capable of scoring a goal against not so reliable Barcelona’s defense which we saw in a match against Sevilla.
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