BARCELONA are aiming to join Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday – but they've still got work to do.
With or without Lionel Messi the home men need to beat PSG at home or draw 1-1 or 0-0 to go through on away goals. Here's Milesey's thoughts on the big game.
Barcelona v PSG
After last week's 2-2 draw with Barcelona at the Parc des Princes, PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic told Canal+ his coach Carlo Ancelotti already had a plan for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final at the Nou Camp.
He wouldn't elaborate in great detail on any strategy said “we have to score two goals in Barcelona so our attitude will be the same as in the first leg”.
Ancelotti's right. While one would be enough for PSG it bears remembering only Benfica have stopped Barcelona from scoring at the Nou Camp this season.
Whether Lionel Messi plays or not following the injury he picked up in France last week – and the suspicion is he will make an appearance – the firepower available to the Catalans is such PSG's defence is once again likely to come under severe scrutiny.
Even if Messi has scored 45 per cent of their goals in La Liga this season, Barcelona aren't a one-man team.
In the six games they've had to do without Messi since 2007-08 they have won five and only lost once. Saturday's 5-0 thrashing of an admittedly weak and relegation-threatened Mallorca offered another timely reminder of what they are capable of in his absence too.
Still, you also fancy PSG to score. They have found two goals in each of their last three Champions League away games, including against Valencia at the Mestalla. Given Barcelona's problems at the back with Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Adriano all out injured, and young Marc Bartra set to partner Gerard Pique in defence, there's plenty of encouragement there for PSG.
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