PSG vs FC Barcelona: Trip to Wembley’s final - first stop Paris

Barça look for a good result in Paris in Champions League quarter final first leg (20.45 CET). Xavi and Jordi Alba back for the game, with FC Barcelona’s Boss Tito Vilanova also in Paris with the team. Ibrahimovic is the big threat for PSG, who haven’t lost at home in Europe for seven years.

Roger Bogunyà

April 2, 2013 07:21 PM

Barcelona (FCB).- It’s a big European night in Paris (20.45 CET), as Barça visit Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals aiming for a good result to set up the tie ahead of the return game at the Camp Nou on April 10th. The Catalans are determined to avoid the kind of result that made things so difficult for them in the last round against AC Milan and will be looking for at least an away goal, where PSG are unbeaten since 2007.

Xavi, still a doubt

Barça took a 21 man squad to Paris including Jordi Alba, who was given the medical all clear on Sunday, whilst Xavi is still a slight doubt, though he is expected to start. That will be down to Tito Vilanova, who travelled with the squad to Paris, as will the choice of which three players are discarded for the match day squad and who plays up front alongside Messi, with Pedro out injured and suspended.

PSG – solid with plenty of punch

PSG have three ex-Barça players in their ranks (Maxwell, Ibrahimovic and the injured Motta) who will be hoping to put one over on their ex-employees. The French League leaders are a solid side with plenty of punch up front and will be out to enjoy only their second ever appearance at this stage of the competition.  With Ibrahimovic finally available, but with both Lavezzi and Thiago Silva just a yellow off missing the return game in the Camp Nou, PSG will be out to keep their European dreams alive against a Barça side who remain hungry for more titles.