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Koeman says Barcelona’s Champions League tie with PSG is ‘50/50’

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The Dutchman offered his thoughts on the draw

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Ronald Koeman thinks his Barcelona team have a 50-50 chance against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The two clubs were paired together in Europe’s top competition again in Monday’s draw in Nyon, and Koeman offered his reaction after learning his team’s opponents.

“We knew that it would be a difficult draw for us but I think it’s 50/50. We know that Paris Saint-Germain is a team who needs to win, who needs to continue in the Champions League. We’d like to continue. I think it’s 50/50 for the final result.

“They have a team, that have good players. They are spending a lot of money to win big titles. Last season they were in the final, they lost it, but they get a new chance this season and for that it’s a nice tie. They have good players, we have good players. It will be an attractive match in Barcelona and in Paris.”

Source | Barca TV

The game should see Neymar come up against his former team in the Champions League for the first time since making the switch to PSG. The Brazilian’s fitness is currently in doubt after he was stretchered off during Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Lyon.

PSG offered an update on Monday to scan initial scans were “reassuring” and that he will be scanned again in 48 hours to try and determine the severity of the problem.