Camp Nou will be the Stadium under the spotlight in tomorrow’s fixture of match day 10 in the European League. Paris Saint German, after a 2- 2 draw at home, visit the Catalans to see if they can go all the way to the round of four.
The PSG coach, Carlo Ancelotti, could be up to something by ignoring critics to indicate he could start David Beckham in tomorrow’s match, the return of Tito Villanova; back to the Barcelona dressing room could spur the home players, after their impressive performance against Real Marlloca at the weekend.
One player likely to start from the bench is Lionnel Messi after the striker was pulled out last week at the Parc
de Princes Stadium in Paris. He was instrumental in that game and could be up for a different role in tomorrow’s fixture. Messi, was rested as Barcelona went on to rout Marlloca 5- 0, at the weekend. Carlos Puyol and another central defender, Javier Mascherano are not going to start tomorrow’s fixture due to injury. Both Pedro and Adriano are up for contention.
Despite the concern over the fitness of Alex and Thiago Silva, both players are likely to start tomorrow. And the return of Thiago Motta to match fitness is a possible replacement for Mattiudi who has been suspended for picking up a yellow card from the last fixture. Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Thiago Motta and Maxwell are three ex- Barcelona footballers likely to be making a return back to the Camp Nou.
Zlatan Ibrahimovich had a nice outing last week. He troubled the defenders on several occasions, pulling fine saves out of goalkeeper Victor Valdes. It is Javier Pastore presence that seems to worry the goalkeeper the most, before his substitution in the second half. Marcco Verrati, another Italian could as well be in contention for a midfield role with compatriot Thiago Motta.
Tito Villanova is going to stick with the combination of Xavi and Andreas Iniesta in the midfield, even after Cesc Fabregas’ performance at the weekend. Who will be paring with Gerard Pique? One question you can answer by considering the presence of Alex Song and Adriano. The Baulgrana shouldn’t expect an all too easy fixture however, from PSG.