FC Barcelona are a club that has become used to winning in Europe, so their 4-0 thumping at the hands of PSG 3 weeks ago came as something of a shock to the system. They won’t, however, be approaching tonight’s Champions League 2nd leg with anything other than a comeback in mind, such is the wealth of talent they have at their disposal.
Luis Enrique last week announced that he will be leaving the Camp Nou at the end of the season, but he would dearly love to mark his departure with his club’s 6th Champions League title. To stand any chance of doing that, it’s vital that he gets his team selection tonight correct. This is the XI we expect him to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||2 / 0|
|1||0||2 / 0|
|3||0||5 / 0|
|1||3||3 / 0|
|6||2||2 / 0|
|0||2||9 / 0|
|1||4||0 / 0|
|5||1||6 / 0|
|33||9||4 / 0|
|21||11||7 / 0|
|10||15||9 / 0|
|Totals||81||47||49 / 0|
|TOTAL LA LIGA EXPERIENCE|
Enrique said this week that his side, “Are going to risk a lot” against PSG, and it’s believed he will go with an adventurous 3-4-3 formation as he seeks goals, goals, goals.
A defense of Umiti, Piqué and Alba looks like providing a strong foundation, with the 3 having conceded just 6 goals in the 8 games they have previously started together.
The midfield unit of Rafinha, Busquets, Iniesta and Rakitić also looks impossibly strong, and those 4 players have a 100% win record when they’ve partnered in the center of the park for Barcelona previously.
It goes without saying, but Enrique’s greatest assets come up top, where they have 3 of the world’s finest footballing talents. Barcelona have scored a truly stunning 224 goals in the 80 matches their trio of superstars have started together, scoring an average of 2.8 goals per game.
It was a chastening defeat in Paris 3 weeks ago, but few sides in world football can be relied upon more than this Barcelona to respond. They have won each of their last 14 European games at the Camp Nou, and the smart money is on them maintaining that record tonight.
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