PSG v Barcelona - Probable line-ups - Luis Enrique faces selection headache

Taylor Byrd
February 15, 2017

Also Emery has not found a way to stop Barcelona, wherever he has coached but this seems the best opportunity to get one over his tormentors.

PSG, who are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the fifth season in succession, are also without ex-Barcelona midfielder Thiago Motta due to suspension. They know us perfectly. "My players don't feel that they are inferior to the MSN". Both teams are coming off wins, but Bayern seem more balanced, and have that added grit that Arsenal is sorely lacking.

Emery struck a bullish note as he looked ahead to Tuesday's clash: "We have the quality to beat Barcelona". The Uruguayan has delivered with 33 goals but others have struggled.

And what you want more than most when you play a team like Barcelona, particularly in defence, is experience, but Emery will have to hope Kimpembe does the job for his team and keeps out the away goals, which could prove to be so crucial in this tie.

Now they must beat the Spanish champions - the return will be at the Camp Nou next month - just to make it to the last eight again, and they will have to cope without skipper Thiago Silva in the first leg.

"Obviously it's talked about in the dressing room, but each year it's different", he said, referring to PSG's elimination by Barca in 2013 and 2015.

Cavani had to wait for his 32nd of the season when he failed to head in Matuidi's centre but it mattered little as Di Maria brought a raucous Parc des Princes to its feet in the 55th minute.

"No team is unbeatable, but of course for me they are the favorites", he told AP. "Atletico Madrid deny Barcelona space when they play them and we need to take our inspiration from them".

Perhaps most ominously, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar - 11 goals between them in the six most recent tussles with PSG - were all on the scoresheet as the Catalans romped to a 6-0 win at Alaves on Saturday. The tie against Barcelona will give the strongest indication of how well those changes are working. I know how to play, that's it.

Ibra moved to Manchester United over the summer, leaving the scoring to Edinson Cavani.

"We're playing at their home and it will be a hard game".

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