Paris Saint Germain – Barcelona: Strong Effort From Barcelona Not Enough To Win (1-1)
Barcelona were chasing the game from the start due to the first leg deficit and did so with good intensity. In their 3-4-3 system, the front three of Messi, Griezmann and Dembélé posed a threat against the PSG defense. However, an Mbappé penalty put Barcelona further behind, and a long-range effort from Messi was the only goal Barcelona managed in the end despite their threatening attack and good combination play.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
The first leg of this tie saw another Champions League night to forget for Barcelona as they were sunk by a Kylian Mbappé hattrick at the Nou Camp. Since then, Barcelona’s form has been decent, including wins against Sevilla in both league and cup.
PSG meanwhile suffered a Ligue 1 defeat to AS Monaco, but proceeded to win their next two league games since then. For this game they started with a similar lineup to the first leg, making only one change in the form of Julian Draxler coming in for Moise Kean. This meant a 4-3-3 system once again, with Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes and Marco Verratti in midfield, and the forward line of Draxler, Mauro . . .