France’s big spenders play host to Spain’s distinctive style when the Champions League quarterfinals get under way this week.
And with close to 49,000 fans expected to be crammed into Parc des Princes to see PSG entertain Barcelona tonight, it promises to be a cracker.
Barca will be boosted by the return of Tito Vilanova, who flew back in to Catalonia last week and should take up his place on the bench for the first time following his cancer treatment in New York.
Les Parisiens will hope that their Italian manager, Carlo Ancelotti, will have a tactical master plan in place to beat many’s favorites for the competition.
PSG succeeded in appealing Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s suspension, acting as a massive boost to them ahead of the match.
Ancelotti will hope to have Lucas Moura back after an ankle injury, while Ezequiel Lavezzi should also play after being rested in the 1-0 win against Montpellier at the weekend.
Thiago Motta is out, though. He has a groin injury, but may be fit for the return leg.
Jordi Alba and Xavi Hernandez both of whom were injured on international duty with Spain have been named in the squad that will travel to France.
They remain doubts, though, and their fitness will be tested on the day of the match.
Carles Puyol and Adriano are out, and Pedro, who picked up an injury with La Roja anyway, is suspended.
PSG: Salvatore Sirigu; Christophe Jallet, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell; Lucas Moura, Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Javier Pastore; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi
Barcelona: Victor Valdes; Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta; Lionel Messi, David Villa, Cristian Tello
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
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Paris SG v Barcelona
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
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