Squad announced to face PSG

Neymar Jr is among the squad of eighteen / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Luis Enrique has left out Masip, Montoya and Douglas, along with the suspended Alves and Rafinha and the injured Vermaelen

On Wednesday morning, Luis Enrique named his eighteen to face PSG in the evening’s Champions League clash at 8.45 PM CET in the Camp Nou. Along with the suspended Alves and Rafinha, and the injured Vermaelen, he has also opted to do without Masip, Montoya and Douglas

The full squad is therefore as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Adriano, Alba, Bartra, Mathieu, Mascherano, Piqué, Sergio, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Iniesta, Rakitic, Pedro, Neymar Jr, Munir, Messi and Luis Suárez.

 

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FC Barcelona v Paris Saint Germain: Capital encounter

Brazil team-mates Neymar and David Luiz will be on opposing sides tonight. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
At 8.45 PM CET, all eyes will be on the Camp Nou as top place in Champions League Group F is settled

A huge night awaits us this evening. Barça are at home to Paris Saint-Germain. In other words, Messi, Neymar, Suárez, Iniesta, Xavi and co are up against a similarly star-studded side featuring the likes of Ibrahimovic, Cavani, Lavezzi, Thiago Silva and David Luiz. A fascinating winner-takes-all match with top spot in the Champions League group to play for. On the last day of the group stage, only three points will do if the Catalans want to topple the French club’s two-point lead.

PSG won 3-2 when the two sides met at the Parc des Princes earlier this year. The Parisians made their physical superiority tell, causing particular damage down the wings. With Ajax and APOEL now out of contention for the last sixteen, the prize for winning tonight is the honour of being seeded for the first knockout round, meaning a theoretically easier match-up and the advantage of playing the second leg at home.

Barça are on a roll

They have won seven consecutive matches in the three major competitions and are buzzing with confidence. Luis Enrique has an almost complete squad to choose from, with only the suspended Dani Alves and Rafinha, plus the injured Vermaelen missing. The biggest question tonight therefore concerns the right-back position, where the Asturian has a number of different options to play with.

PSG are bringing plenty of well-known faces to the Catalan capital. Ibrahimovic is a former FCB payer, as are manager Laurent Blanc and Thiago Motta and Maxwell. The French champions have invested heavily to become one of the continent’s leading clubs, and are now desperate to clinch a major title to consolidate those efforts. The Camp Nou is the ideal place for PSG to send out a warning message to the rest of Europe.

Inside View: The Build Up to FCB-Paris Saint Germain

L'equip, a l'entrenament d'aquest matí / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Follow Barça and PSG the day before they meet at Camp Nou

The Ciutat Esportiva and the Camp Nou have been the focus of attention in the 24 hours prior to the final game of Group F in the Champions’ League between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain in which first place in the group is at stake. In the morning at the Ciutat Esportiva just outside the city, the first team carried out a training session after which Marc-André ter Stegen and Luis Enrique appeared before the press. In the afternoon the action moved to the Camp Nou where PSG trained in their final session before tomorrow’s match. Prior to the session Laurent Blanc and David Luiz appeared in front of the press in the Ricard Maxenchs press room.

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FC Barcelona play with PSG on Wednesday in a Champions League fixture. The game is being screened in a wide variety of countries on different channels, but if it’s not being shown where you are, fear not, for you can listen to live English language commentary on Radio Barça and on the international websites. You can also receive constant updates at fcbarcelona.com, on Twitter (@fcbarcelona_com) and on the club’s usual social networks.

Ter Stegen ready for Ibrahimovic… and everyone else

Ter Stegen was speaking after training on Tuesday / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The German knows how well PSG play as a unit but also that if FC Barcelona get it right, this is a game they can win

On a more personal level, he stressed how much he still needs to keep learning new things every day

Marc-André ter Stegen has become Luis Enrique’s regular first choice keeper in the Champions League. In his first press conference since the day he was presented, and on the eve of the game with PSG, he commented that “if we play the way we know we can, we’ll win … We want to finish top of the group”.

[[CITA_1]]Asked about former FCB man Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose in such fine form and a major threat from set pieces, Ter Stegen agreed that a close eye needs to be kept on the Swede. But it’s PSG as a unit that he’s most concerned about. “We know how good Ibrahimovic is” he said. “He is one of the best. We’ll have to be careful with him … and with the rest of their team! Like us, they are dangerous as a team”.

Regarding his situation in the squad, the keeper commented that “I want to do the best I can. In the last few games I have shown that it’s all going well, but my aim to is to do as well as possible in every training session and to be the most complete player possible. You can never stop.”

[[CITA_2]]He also described how he is always observing his team-mates Claudio Bravo and Jordi Masip, because “I want to keep learning new things every day”.

But does Ter Stegen think that he and Bravo have done enough for the fans to forget the man they replaced, Víctor Valdés? “He is a player who can never be forgotten” was the reply. “Everybody said good things about him, that’s what I’ve heard, that he’s a fantastic person. We can’t forget him. We can only make sure that we do our job well”.

In the last few games I have shown that it’s all going well
Valdés can never be forgotten. Everybody has said good things about him
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