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PSG v Barcelona: Champions League – live!

With Neymar and Moise Kean missing, Mauricio Pochettino has opted for Julian Draxler on the right-hand side of PSG’s attacks. That’s the only alteration to the side that started the first leg. Barça have made only one change too, with Minguez coming into central defence in place of Gerard Pique.

PSG: Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Paredes, Verratti, Gueye; Draxler, Icardi, Mbappé

Hello and welcome to a sensational comeback or the continuation of a slow, embarrassing downfall. There’s really no call to use la remontada in an everyday conversation round these parts but if you really feel you have to, then best make sure everyone knows you’re talking about the time in 2017 when Barcelona recovered from a 4-0 first-leg walloping by PSG to win the second leg 6-1 and advance over the tear-stained bodies of the rivals. But that was at the Nou Camp and Barça and PSG were very different teams back then. Still, that memory is pretty much all Barça have going for them as they head to the Parc des Princes hoping to overturn the 4-1 plastering Kylian Mbappé & Co inflicted on them last month.

It’s true that Ronal Koeman has made a few minor adjustments since then and Barça’s domestic form has picked up a little but PSG, who are still without Neymar, can be confident of progressing. Rather than any remontada, chances are we could be looking at another emphatic away elimination for the once-great Barça, to go with last year’s 8-2 defeat by Bayern, the previous year’s 4-0 by Liverpool and the 4-1 at Roma the year before that. Oh, Barça!

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