Champion's League preview :PSG vs Barcelona

While Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, and Edinson Cavani will grab the headlines for getting the goals, and also all having terrific games it must be said, they were given that platform to perform by the one-man engine room that is Marco Verratti.

For now though, he must focus on the visit of his reported suitors Barcelona to the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, when he would be aiming to help PSG get one step closer to a place in the Champions League quarterfinals.

PSG pressured Barcelona throughout the opening minutes but only made it pay from the set piece, when Di Maria lined up a 20-yard free kick and blasted it through the Barcelona wall.

PSG could line up with an inexperienced centre half pairing of Frenchman Presnel Kimpembe, who has never played in the Champions League, and Brazilian Marquinhos.

Stopping a Barcelona attack that has Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in the lineup is hard enough, but when you have to do that without your best defender, it becomes a whole lot more difficult.

"Against a team like that, you quite simply have to have a flawless match, playing your best soccer and giving your absolute all".

At kick-off, the Parc des Princes was pulsing with anticipation and PSG flew out of the traps, putting Barcelona under pressure high up the pitch to disrupt their rhythm.

3 - Barcelona have won their last three games against Paris Saint-Germain (eight scored, two conceded).

The Brazil worldwide then went on to offer a more serious take on the how to restrict Messi's influence on the game.

The Brazil star may have more assists in this year's Champions League than any other player with seven but, incredibly, he has picked up more yellow cards (11) than goals (10) in all competitions.

With three goals between them, Di Maria and Draxler were Barcelona's executioners. But four goals for PSG?

That result means Luis Enrique's side have now lost just once in 22 games although it was overshadowed by a terrible ankle injury suffered by right-back Aleix Vidal which rules him out for the rest of the season.

Barcelona are coming into this match after thrashing Alaves 6-0 on the weekend.

"Knowing Unai, I know he will try to make our life complicated", said Luis Enrique.

Neymar, who already has 50 goals for Brazil, is touted as Messi's eventual successor by many observers.

  • Stacy Allen