Big night in the Park of the Princes . With the windows of Paris decorated to make today’s box on Valentine’s Day, Barca wants to keep tonight (7:45 pm) their idyll with the City of Light, the Ville Lumière, before PSG Unai Emery . Half-time pass for his tenth presence in the quarter finals and, if possible, falling in love with his football throughout Europe is the goal of the set of Luis Enrique , as the one favourite to recover the continental throne on June 3.
The longest-running cycle in recent football history started in Saint-Denis on the outskirts of Paris with the 2006 Champions League. Since then, three more have fallen: Roma-2009, Wembley-2011 and Berlin-2015. To celebrate the last, he played in the Princes’ Park and Barca de Lucho left a mark. After losing (3-2) in the group phase, he took revenge (1-3) in the quarter-final with a goal from Neymar and two goals from Luis Suárez .The PSG has panic. Sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaïfi tried to load the trident and harassed Neymar in May in Ibiza as far as he could but the Brazilian wanted to enjoy in the trident, with gunpowder ready after the 0-6 to Alavés and without Thiago Silva ahead. The centre-back did not enter the list because of muscular problems. French Kimpembe , 21, will début in the Champions League.
A week to get into the third cup final followed, Barca want more. Luis Enrique does not have Mascherano, Arda and Aleix Vidal but with pieces to form an eleven of gala if it already includes Umtiti next to Piqué instead of ‘Masche’. In the middle, Busquets and Iniesta should set the tone with the only doubt of whether it will be André Gomes , very usual away from home, or Rakitic , decision of Emery, the one chosen to exercise right inside. Sergi Roberto will pass a test of fire before the speed of the ends of the PSG. Draxler should play there but Lucas Moura and Di María can also fall on that flank .
The Barça will not go to speculate. And less in the first round away from the Camp Nou. In the ‘Luis Enrique era ‘, he has won eight of 14 European outings and only once did he stay to zero: 2-0 against Atletico in 2016 in the quarter-final. He paid dearly.
In front, Unai Emery fights against his black history before the Culés. Only one win in 23 games (2-1 Sevilla in October 2015) but without Messi or Iniesta. Specialist in swimming and drowning on the shore, the Basque does not know how to stop Leo , scorer of 26 goals in 21 duels before his teams. Three points behind Monaco in Ligue 1, in 2017 he walks fine with nine wins and a 1-1 draw against the Monegascos with a very conservative image at home. Cavani ‘s state of grace is the biggest danger of PSG. He has 25 league goals and nine goals in 2017 as Messi. Only his countrymanSuárez (10) outnumbers him in the world this year. Without the sanctioned Motta . Rabiot would supply him as a mediocentre. Verrattiand Matuidi aim at Unai interiors , victorious in their last 14 continental ties . They went to Sevilla in the Europa League. Today is against the Barça of the trident, in the Champions League. Almost nothing.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)