The road to Berlin resumes tonight for FC Barcelona, as the Blaugrana prepare to take on Ligue Un champions, Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes. This will be the third time that Barcelona have faced PSG this season and their record against the French side is mixed; one win back in December as goals from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar secured a 3-1 win at the Camp Nou, and one defeat at this very ground. A repeat of that 2-3 loss wouldn't be ideal, but it wouldn't be disastrous either.
After all, two away goals would hand Barcelona a good advantage with the second-leg still to play at the Camp Nou -- although it would be much better if we could get those two away goals and pick up a victory, just as we did in the first-leg of our tie in the previous round against Manchester City.
On that night at the Etihad Arena, Luis Suarez helped himself to a brace, demonstrating exactly why Barcelona parted with so much money to prise him away, suspension and all, from Liverpool. Will it be Luis Suarez who spearheads another Barcelona victory later this evening, or could Lionel Messi or Neymar step to the fore and inspire a win?
It is anticipated that a few hundred Culés have tickets and will be making the relatively short journey to Paris tonight, and with the hosts facing something of a personnel crisis, they will be quietly confident of witnessing another positive result.
Paris Saint-Germain already had to contend with Financial Fair Play sanctions, reducing their UEFA Champions League squad size to just 21 players. Now, those problems have been accentuated thanks to their own indiscipline and a host of injury problems.
The absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Luiz, Marco Verratti and Serge Aurier means that the French champions are up against it with a depleted squad, but one can never count out the Parisians, or indeed any side who reaches the last eight of the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona face a tough match tonight, but Luis Enrique will be hopeful of his side's chances. Can we grab a win and take a cushion back to the Camp Nou? We'll soon find out.
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, April 15, 8.45 p.m. local time, 3.45 p.m. ET
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
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