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Champions League: Key battles to look for in PSG v Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain vs Barcelona has actually turned into one of the traditional Champions League video games for many years.

Never much better than in 2017 naturally, when Sergi Roberto’s last-second objective made the difficult possible for Barca.

The component that’s ahead has the chance of ending up being the next remarkable clash too.

PSG appear to be the favourites entering into the match however, as lots of groups have actually learnt in cup clashes for many years, you ignore the opposition at your danger.

If PSG desired a pointer of that, they just require aim to previously this season when they were entirely ripped apart by Newcastle at St. James’ Park.

On the night, the Magpies won all of the essential fights, and there are 3 that might specify the 2 matches that Barca have ahead of them, regardless of that Luis Enrique might spring a surprise in regards to development and positioning.

Kylian Mbappe vs Jules Kounde

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The 2 French gamers understand each other well and might well offer the story for both legs of the tie.

Mbappe still hasn’t revealed his anticipated relocate to Real Madrid, and this will offer the Catalans an opportunity to see him once again up close and individual.

There aren’t a lot of protectors that can tame him when he’s on his video game, as much for his real speed along with his speed of idea.

Kounde hasn’t been a great finalizing for Barca however he does do some things incredibly well, and he has the rate to match his compatriot which might irritate him over the 2 legs.

Barca don’t require anything elegant from the right back, simply a soothing existence and one that will protect as though his life depended on it.

Should Mbappe surpass Kounde he still has Ronald Araujo to beat, which’s as strong an ideal side of defence as he will have met this season.

Ousmane Dembele vs Joao Cancelo

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Since finalizing for PSG from Barca, Ousmane Dembele has actually been played right throughout the front 3 and even in behind a front 2.

The reality that he can have fun with both feet similarly well makes him a hazard to his previous club and his raiding might imply that Joao Cancelo’s wanderlust will need to take a rear seats for 180 minutes.

Just as Kounde has Ronald Araujo as back-up behind him, Joao Cancelo has the exceptional Pau Cubarsi in presence, and in between the set, they can off the hazard from Dembele.

Moreover, if Cancelo can get forward regularly, the Frenchman isn’t understood for his tracking back so that location of the pitch might be worthwhile for Xavi’s guys.

Robert Lewandowski vs Lucas Hernandez

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Lucas Fernandez is another who has actually been moved about by his supervisor, playing in numerous protective positions throughout the project.

Given how strong he is aerially and in the deal with, it would be a substantial surprise if Luis Enrique didn’t have him following around Robert Lewandowski like a pet with a bone.

Our Polish hit-man isn’t the most mobile nowadays, and he’s most likely to discover it exceptionally tough to get any modification out of his marker.

However, he does still understand where the objective is naturally, and he just requires one possibility.

If he gets the ideal service, you’d elegant him to come out on top of this one.


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