On March 21, Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona were drawn against each other for the second time this season.
Considering the two team’s performances in the previous round of the tournament, this match-up has to be considered one of the most uncertain quarter-finals of the year.
Below follows a brief description of the situations regarding the two clubs.
Paris Saint Germain
Since the first leg is to be played in Paris, the pressure to perform falls on PSG immediately. Therefore, the impairment of the squad is increasingly unfortunate.
The first, and most significant loss to the team is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s well debated suspension against Chelsea.
While everyone seemed to agree that the sending off was faulty, the red card would not be lifted by UEFA, despite pleads from the French capital.
The second loss is the absence of David Luiz, who remains injured. He played a very critical part in the advancement in the round of 16, and his fighting spirit will surely be missed in the first leg.
In spite of the absence of two critical players, PSG enter this match up with confidence achieved through winning the French Cup last weekend. Also, it should not be forgotten that they managed to win the group stage’s respective match.
Ever since the chaos within the club stopped, Barca have enjoyed splendid form. Among other things, they have reclaimed the lead in La Liga, qualified for the final of the domestic cup, and sent Manchester City on their way with ease.
If it wasn't for Joe Hart, the Englishmen would probably have no confidence left to speak of. Lionel Messi has also returned to his old form after a year plagued by injuries, and along with his two collegues, Luis Suarez and Neymar, he represents the most feared attacking trio in the game.
The injury list is also not too long. The absence of Jordi Alba is surely a loss to the squad, but they can manage without him. Also, Adriano, who substitutes for Alba, is a player well acquainted with Barca’s style of play. He usually does very well when he’s on the pitch.
Will Paris Saint Germain qualify for the semi finals for the first time in the history of the club? Or will Barca make it to their seventh in eight years? As mentioned before, the result is very uncertain.
What is certain, though, is that we will get to watch a very exciting quarter final which will be worth to remember.
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