Champions League – Barcelona preview Vs Paris Saint-Germain: PSG hit by Ibra blow

by Football XI Editorial | Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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PSG are without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the French champs seem delicate ahead of their Group F match against Barcelona. After drawing their very first Champion’s League match at Ajax, Laurent Blanc’s side have little room for mistake against Barca, who demolished Granada 6-0 in La Liga at the weekend.

PSG have been without Ibrahimovic for two matches as the Sweden striker recovers from heel pains, and his absence was felt in a lacklustre 1-1 draw Toulouse on Saturday. PSG are unbeaten this season, nevertheless they’ve drawn six of their nine matches in all contests and it is looking like they need Ibrahimovic to bring the sparkle back. Jean-Christophe Baheback could have a chance to make an impact as he scored the PSG goal on Saturday against Toulouse. The Uruguay striker hasn’t been in excellent form this season although without Ibrahimovic, Blanc might field Edinson Cavani as the number nine up front. Brazilian Lucas could also begin as the forward has been showing glimpses of his greatest recently.

Meanwhile at Barca, With five goals between them in the Granada rout showed a growing example of the understanding between Neymar and Messi. Barca don’t have that type of trouble going into the Parc des Princes conflict. The Brazilian got his second hat trick as a Barca player while Messi’s double saw him break 400 goals.

TEAM NEWS

Without Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi, who picked up a thigh injury in a 2-0 triumph against Caen, PSG could have additionally missing players besides Ibra.

 

MANAGER QUOTES

Laurent Blanc: “The staff is going to do everything they can so he can be mended in time. With injuries, you do not do what you need. Be not impatient. There’s always a question mark.”

 

MATCH STATS

These two sides met in the Quarter final of the 2012/13 Champions League – both matches finished as a score draw (2- 1 and 2 -1).

10 of the 11 goals scored in the last four Champions League assemblies between Barcelona and PSG have been netted after halftime.

PSG are unbeaten in 29 consecutive European home games (enclosed qualifiers), winning 19 and drawing 10.

The last European defeat at Parc des Princes of Paris Saint Germain came back in November 2006 versus Hapoel Tel Aviv (2-4) in a UEFA Cup group stage match.

Barca has won only 4 of their last thirteen Champion Leagues away the matches (W4 D3 L6).

Barcelona are undefeated in their last 9 assemblies that are European with the French sides (W5D4), but 4 of the past five matches have finished on a draw.

If he appears in this match, Xavi would make his Champions League appearance, his 143rd; overtaking Raul’s record of one hundred forty two apps in the (excl. quals) competition.

Ibrahimovic Zlatan had a hand in twenty goals (thirteen goals, 7 assists) in 18 Champion League appearances for PSG.

Lionel Messi has scored 11 goals in his last 12 Champion League appearances.

Should Ibrahimovic score in this match, it will be the eighth consecutive Champions League season the Swede has scored in.

Messi has gone three CL games with no goal; his longest run since May 2009. Messi twice went four CL games with no goal in September 2008. You can buy match tickets from here Ticketbis .

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