Date: 11th March 2021
Time: 1:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Parc des Princes Stadium
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Paris Saint-Germain will lock horns with Barcelona in a highly-anticipated second leg encounter of UEFA Champions League Round of 16. After Lionel Messi had opened the scoring in Camp Nou last month, it was a Kylian Mbappe hat-trick that guided PSG to a famous 4-1 win in the first leg. PSG will be hopeful that it is not a repeat of 2017 when Barca had overturned a huge deficit to go through to the quarter-finals. Both the sides have always produced historic matches and this is certainly going to be another action-packed contest.
Moise Kean (Coronavirus) and Juan Bernat (ACL) are the key absentees for the hosts. Angel Di Maria has given a major boost to Mauricio Pochettino’s side as he will be back for this mega blockbuster. However, star player Neymar has been ruled out of this all-important clash.
The visitors will have a few major injury concerns coming into this contest, with Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho unavailable due to injuries. Meanwhile, Gerard Pique and Sergio Roberto are also unlikely to feature. Meanwhile, Jordi Alba who recently injured his arm, is expected to be fit in time for this contest.
Kylian Mbappe has been in red-hot form off late and is undoubtedly going to be a key player in this contest. With Moise Kean not available for this match, Mauro Icardi will be the focus point of PSG’s attack and could be the X-factor. Angel di Maria is finally back and he could prove to be lethal against a sluggish Barca defense. Marco Verrati, who has provided 5 assists this season, will also be a player to watch out for in the midfield.
Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is the main man for Barcelona and only his heroics can help Barca overturn the 4-1 deficit in the second leg. Antoine Grieznmann, who has looked good in a few games this season, will also need to step up for this huge contest. Meanwhile, Frenkie de Jong would be the vital cog in the middle of the field. The 23-year-old won the penalty for Koeman’s side in the first leg and he could be the game-changer for them in Paris.
Probable Playing 11
Keylor Navas; Layvin Kurzawa, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Alessandro Florenzi; Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes; Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe; Mauro Icardi
Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Oscar Mingueza, Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Sergino Dest; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong; Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Defenders: Layvin Kurzawa, Presnel Kimpembe, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Sergino Dest
Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Marco Verratti, Angel di Maria
Strikers: Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi
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