Round of 16 leg 1

The UEFA Champions League is back in session with great clashes between Europe's top teams; so is the case of FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain. The two teams face each yet again in another edition of the Top Club Tournament in the world. As always, this leg promises a great level of football with superstars like Leo Messi for FC Barcelona and Mbappe for PSG.

Despite both teams having top players in their ranks, they also have sensible losses due to injuries. For the Catalan side, their biggest problem rely on the defense. It is known to all that FC Barcelona's weakness has been in defense for the past several years, failing to transfer a centre back that will help reinforce the last line. Ronald Koeman now has to figure out how to strengthen his back line and partial good news for the Dutch coach is Pique's return; the downside is that he has been out for several months. It is looking like Koeman is inclining his decision towards keeping Oscar Mingueza in his natural position, centre back, and not as a right back as he has been playing in the last few games.

For the Parisians, the problems are in their attacking line. Both Neymar Jr and Di Maria are out due to injuries. The full responsibility for PSG's attack is relying on Kylian Mbappe but the 22 year old is more than capable of causing a nightmare to Barca's defense. Mbappe, despite of not scoring in the last PSG matches, is coming in top form having scored 18 goals so far this season.

We are in for one great game, full of high quality football and and top level players who are willing to leave everything on the pitch to make them one step closer to lifting the desired UEFA Champions League Trophy.

Possible Lineups

FC Barcelona:

Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Puig; Dembele, Messi, Griezmann


Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Gueye, Verratti, Paredes; Sarabia, Icardi, Mbappe