We are heading towards another exciting fixture of UEFA Champions League quarter final, PSG VS Barcelona at Parc des Princes. Both the teams are league leaders of their respective league and going for a thriller. Here is the preview and live streaming of PSG vs Barcelona, UCL quarterfinal.
Paris Saint Germain vs. Barcelona – UCL Quarterfinal
This two teams were in the same group in group stage of this year in UCL. Both teams have won their respective home matches. PSG won with 3-2 score line and Barca won it 3-1 in two fixtures of the 1st round. Therefore, this is going to be their third meeting in the same competition.
Barcelona won quite comfortably against Manchester City in the Round 16. They won both the matches at home and away grounds. Whereas, the clash between PSG VS. Chelsea was full of drama and excitement. Both matches ended up with a draw. PSG manages to get through next round with away goal rules. Clearly, this tie is going to nail biting one. PSG coach Laurent Blanc said in pre-match interview:
Our first match of the season against Barcelona [on matchday two] is a reference point for us. We’re one of few teams to have scored three goals against them. We had a great game – both teams did. We’ll need to replicate that feat because we’re facing one of the best teams in Europe. We need to avoid conceding; we know the importance of away goals.
Current Form of PSG
PSG enjoys a mixed type campaign in this season of Ligue 1, but they are now on the top of the table with 62 points in 31 matches, just one point difference between the 2nd placed team in the table, Lyon.
They enjoyed a fantastic campaign in this season in UCL. PSG won the league cup just 4 days ago against Bastia with a 4-0 victory, doubles from Ibra and Cavani. Which is a confidence booster for them ahead of this crucial clash in UCL. However, their main concern is injury of Thiago Motta and David Luiz, suspension of Ibra and Verratti. In absence of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Edinson Cavani needs to step up and lead from the front, he will be the focal point of their attacking.
About the suspense of Ibra, Verratti said:
‘It’s like Barca playing without Messi or Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo.’
PSG midfielder Lucas Moura also feel the same over Ibra’s suspension, he said:
It’s going to be tough without Ibra, because he’s our reference on the field. Even without Ibra we can do a great job, like the last time here against Barcelona.
But PSG main concern is missing their regular starter David Luiz and Serge Aurier in the defense, it will be tough to contain Barcelona’s front three without them. PSG need to focus in their defense and midfield and try not to concede any away goal in this fixture. French midfielder Blaise Matuidi in his latest interview said that:
It will be very difficult but it could be extraordinary, we have already shown that we can compete against them and even beat them. We will need to be at 150%, even with all the absences. We will give everything.
Current Form of Barcelona
Barcelona has been sensational, especially in this year. The combination of front three; Messi, Neymar and Suarez are the reason of their great form and good run in next half of this season. They are top in the table in La Liga, 2points ahead of Real Madrid. They are just one step up away to lift the Copa Del Rey.
They are equally good in this year UCL, topped the group stage and outplayed Manchester City in both fixture in round of 16. They will rely on their front three in this fixture. Messi said:
“Last season, I had an inconsistent campaign. I was out for a long time with injuries and I missed a lot of games,” added Messi.
Thankfully now I feel very good. We went through times that we won everything. Every year we would win a title and sometimes the fans and us didn’t value what we were doing. We had a bad year when we didn’t win anything and now, when the success comes, we give it the importance it deserves and we enjoy it more because we know how difficult it is to achieve.
Apart from the front three, Ivan rakitic and Pique also have important role to play in this fixture. Barca’s needs defend properly against dead ball situation. How Pique is dealing Cavani’s threat will play an important role in this tie. They also need to fix those weaknesses which has been exposed again Sevilla in their last match in La Liga. Suspension of Alves is also a case of concern for them.
Paris have several major absentees, let’s face it. But let’s not forget they won against us when Zlatan [Ibrahimović] was out, and we won when we met and he played! So you never know how important the absentees will turn out to be. Barca boss Luis Enrique said in pre match interview :
Paris have several major absentees, let’s face it. But let’s not forget they won against us when Zlatan was out, and we won when we met and he played! So you never know how important the absentees will turn out to be. We’re both basically the same teams we were at the start of the season, we’re only a bit older … We had a good game in September, although we lost – we had lots of chances. But we’ll definitely need to improve defensively.We’ve grown accustomed to coming here. We’ve had the chance to come to Paris several times in recent years. They have a very good squad, and showed yet again their qualities by beating Chelsea.
Possible Lineups of PSG and Barcelona
Paris: Sirigu, Van der Wiel, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Rabiot, Cabaye, Matuidi, Lavezzi, Cavani, Pastore.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Bartra, Piqué, Mathieu/Busquets, Alba, Rakitić, Mascherano, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar.
PSG vs Barcelona Live Streaming – UCL Quarterfinal
If you want to get the online info, live score and watch live streaming of PSG vs Barcelona quarterfinal, here are some useful information for you.
Ronaldo7 will broadcast the live streaming of PSG vs Barcelona. Apart from that, you can head over to Stream2UTV, BarcelonaStream etc. Hope you will enjoy the online score update of PSG vs Barcelona match.
Both team like to play possession football, so it will be a battle of midfield. PSG have so many absentees, it will be tough for them to register a win against Barcelona. Draw will be fair result for them. However, Barca will try to win this tie and almost progress in next round. According to FootballLens, it will be either 1-1 or 2-2 draw.