Tuesday April 2, 2013
Kick off: 19:45
Parc des Princes
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back for Paris St-Germain after having his two-match ban reduced to one. Thiago Motta misses out through a groin problem but Lucas Moura returns from injury and Ezequiel Lavezzi is back after a rest at the weekend.
Barcelona duo Jordi Alba and Xavi are carrying hamstring knocks and were rested at the weekend but assistant coach Jordi Roura says their situation “is improving”. Victor Valdes is back in contention after having been suspended for the trip to Celtic but Carles Puyol (knee) and Adriano (hamstring) have both stayed in Barcelona.
Carlo Ancelotti: “We may not have a lot of possession but as soon as we get the ball I want my team to show character and inspiration to go forward and score. We have defended very well so far this term and we’ve done well on the counter-attack. This is what we want to do tomorrow because we’ll need it if we are to get a good result.”
Jordi Roura (Barca assistant): “They are quick on the break and strong in the air, especially with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, but those are just two of their options: they have a lot more tricks in their bag. We’ll have to adapt a bit, of course, but we won’t change the way we play, although we have studied their game carefully.”