Barcelona vs Paris SG Champions League Live Football Score 16 Feb 2021
- Barcelona prepared for Tuesday’s welcome of Paris Saint-Germain with a 5-1 win over Alaves, with Leo Messi garnering a perfect WhoScored 10 rating in the process.
- Paris Saint-Germain have won four in a row in all competitions after a 2-1 win over Nice on Saturday but the French giants will be without ex-Barcelona star Neymar because of injury. Former Real Madrid ace Angel Di Maria is also ruled out, seriously limiting PSG’s attacking options.
- This is Mauricio Pochettino’s first proper game since becoming PSG head coach over Christmas. The fact he heads into it without Neymar, in particular, is such bad luck but few will have any sympathy with him for needlessly starting the Brazilian against a second division French side in the cup.
- Barcelona simply have to take advantage of the fact PSG are still early on in Pochettino’s reign and of course that Neymar is missing. However, they have generally struggled against better opposition this season and a recent 2-0 defeat to Sevilla again showed that. Anything other than a win here, however, would be deemed a failure with all things considered.
- Barcelona have knocked out Paris SG in each of their last three UEFA Champions League knock-out ties: 2012/13 quarter-finals (3-3 agg. away goals), 2014/15 quarter-finals (5-1 agg.), 2016/17 round of 16 (6-5 agg.). The only previous time Paris SG overcame the Catalans in a UCL knockout tie was in the 1994/95 quarter-finals (3-2 agg.).
- The last time Barcelona and Paris SG met was in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League round of 16. The Catalan side became the first – and so far only – side to qualify for the next round following a 4+ goals first-leg margin of defeat (0-4 first leg at Parc des Princes; 6-1 second leg at Camp Nou).
- Since 2012/13, only Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid have faced each other more often (10 times) than Barcelona and Paris SG (8) in the UEFA Champions League. Those eight games have produced 32 goals, an average of four per match.
- Only one French club has beaten Barcelona at Camp Nou – it was FC Metz in the first round of the Cup Winners Cup in October 1984 (4-1). No French side though has ever beaten FCB on their own patch in the UEFA Champions League (D2 L8).
- Barcelona will attempt to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the 14th consecutive season, a record. The last time they were knocked out in the round of 16 was in 2006/07 against Liverpool (2-2 agg. away goals).
- Paris SG have reached the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League for the ninth consecutive season, matching the record for a French club set by Lyon between 2003/04 and 2011/12. They’ve made it past the round of 16 once in the last four seasons (2019/20).
- Miralem Pjanic and Sergino Dest were fit enough to play some part in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Alaves at the weekend.
- Ronald Koeman was able to give players like Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong some rest due to the margin of victory at the weekend.
- Gerard Pique trained with the Barcelona first-team on Monday, making a miraculous recovery from injury and could hand the home side with a massive boost here. De Jong may be required at the back otherwise.
- Youngsters Riqui Puig or Pedri have a decent chance of starting if De Jong drops into defence for the home side. Frenchman Ousmane Dembele will hope to face PSG, with Trincao unlikely to start despite his brace against Alaves.
- Neymar misses a reunion with old club Barcelona through injury in a major blow for Paris Saint-Germain, with Angel di Maria also sidelined for the French side.
- Marco Verratti wasn’t risked against Nice on Saturday to give him the best possible chance of proving his fitness for Tuesday’s trip to Barcelona.
- Keylor Navas, Layvin Kurzawa and Ander Herrera are back from injury for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Former Barcelona academy graduate Rafinha is a doubt, while Spaniard Juan Bernat is ruled out.
- Pochettino sees Verratti as the No.10 in his vision for PSG but Julian Draxler is on standby to deputise if he fails to prove his fitness in time. Herrera could start in midfield to add greater defensive cover.