PSG vs Barcelona Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 2, 2013; Time: 6:45 PM UTC;
Venue: Parc des Princes — Paris.
Ancelotti’s team is preparing for vital Blaugrana test. The ambitious Ligue 1 club will be hoping to reach their second Champions League semi-final stage in their history. The four-time European Cup winners Barcelona will try to break down their hopes on Tuesday.
The Champions League quarter final stage faces PSG and the powerful Barcelona. PSG plays a very organized football under Italian head coach, and they have strong power up front with Zlatan, Lavezzi and Pastore. Everybody knows how Barcelona plays. But through all this it will be very hard to overcome the Spanish grand even at the home field.
PSG stands at the top of Ligue 1 with 61 points from 30 games. The Parisians have 7 points advantage at the top and going to win their first title in 19 years. Their present form has seen 1 loss, 2 draws and 2 wins in their last 5 matches. Last five home games the Parisians have finished with 4 wins and 1 draw. PSG passed through Valencia in the previous round of the Champions League winning away 1-2 and drawing 1-1 at home. PSG have a 23-match undefeated home run in European competition. Their best forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic played 29 games for Barcelona in season 2009-10 and scored 16 goals.
Barcelona also stands at the top of La Liga with 75 points from 29 games. The Catalan club has a 13 point lead over Real Madrid and is full of confidence on winning this tournament. Their present form has seen 1 loss, 3 wins and 1 draw from last five games. They have dropped 2 points with a 2-2 away against Celta de Vigo at the weekend. Last five away from home games the Blaugrana have finished with 1 win, 2 defeats and 2 draws. Barcelona passed Milan after first-leg loss and outstanding comeback at the Camp Now in the second game. But, Barcelona have won only 2 of their last 8 away fixtures in all competitions. Also, the Blaugarna have won their last 6 Champions League quarter-finals.
PSG midfielder and former player of Barcelona and Inter Thiago Motta is out of the game due to a groin injury in training. Midfielder Lucas Moura and forward Ezequiel Lavezzi were rested in Friday’s 2-1 win over Montpellier and will start from the first minutes. Marco Verratti and Zlatan Ibrahimovic return from European suspensions. Blaise Matuidi is expected in central midfield instead of Clement Chantome and David Beckham.
Xavi and Jordi Alba have recovered from injuries for Barcelona, but they are still doubtful for this clash. Javier Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and David Villa were all rested on the bench in the 2-2 draw with Celta, so the will return to the starting line-up. Defenders Carles Puyol and Adriano are sidelined, while forward Pedro is suspended.
PSG line-up: Sirigu, Wiel, Alex, Silva, Maxwell, Moura, Verratti, Matuidi, Pastore, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi.
Last three matches:
Paris Saint-Germain 1 – Montpellier HSC 0;
AS Saint-Etienne 2 – Paris Saint-Germain 2;
Paris Saint-Germain 2 – AS Nancy-Lorraine 1.
Barcelona line-up: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Fàbregas, Messi, Villa.
Last three matches:
Celta 2 – FC Barcelona 2;
FC Barcelona 3 – Rayo Vallecano 1;
FC Barcelona 4 – AC Milan 0.