When Barcelona overturned a 4-0 deficit to knock PSG out of the Champions League in March, most at the Camp Nou thought it was a once in a lifetime achievement. Tonight, however, the Spanish champions are tasked with repeating the trick for a second time as they seek to bounce back from a 3-0 humbling in Turin last Tuesday.
Standing in their way is a formidable Juventus side, unbeaten in the Champions League all season and high on confidence, and as such it’s vital that Luis Enrique gets his team selection right. This is the XI we expect him to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||2 / 0|
|1||5||5 / 0|
|3||0||8 / 0|
|1||0||4 / 0|
|1||4||5 / 0|
|6||1||9 / 0|
|0||2||11 / 0|
|1||4||2 / 0|
|40||10||5 / 0|
|26||14||10 / 0|
|13||18||11 / 1|
|Totals||92||58||72 / 1|
|TOTAL LA LIGA EXPERIENCE|
The defensive unit of Sergi Roberto, Gerard Piqué, Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba may not necessarily be the most experienced, but it is successful. They have previously started together 7 times for Barcelona, and have come out on the winning side in 6 of those matches.
Andrés Iniesta is set to once again be at the heart of Barca’s midfield, and the match will mark his 125th Champions League appearance. Only 4 outfield players have made more, and only Alessandro Costacurta and Paolo Maldini have won the competition more times than he in the modern era.
There is little that can be said about Barcelona’s front 3 that hasn’t already been said, and they are guaranteed to play a vital role in the outcome of this tie. Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have started together 85 times for Barcelona, and the side has scored an incredible 237 in those matches.
This is a Barcelona side that has won their last 15 home games in the Champions League, and has found the back of the net 92 times this season. Whether they can secure a semi-final spot is anybody’s guess, but the smart money remains on a home win here.
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