Barcelona face a daunting task of overturning a heavy first-leg deficit as they host Paris Saint-Germain in a crunch UEFA Champions League tie.

Barcelona have to overturn a 4-0 deficit from the first-leg of the UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round against Paris Saint-Germain. And Luis Enrique has kept Denis Suarez outside of the matchday squad, with Andre Gomes replacing the player in the provisional squad.

Jordi Masip is also not in the provisional squad while the duo of Jeremy Mathieu and Aleix Vidal are still sidelined with their ankle injuries. Elsewhere, all the major players are available for Luis Enrique as the Spaniard aims to mount what could turn out to be one of the most historic comebacks, if Barcelona were to achieve it.

Lucho also reflected at the task at hand, in his pre-match conference. “ I am certain that at some point we will be close to evening up the score. And when get close, you raise morale, and your opponent starts getting discouraged.”

If anyone can overturn the deficit, it has to be the trio of MSN. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)
If anyone can overturn the deficit, it has to be the trio of MSN. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

As far as Paris Saint-Germain are concerned, Unai Emery are unlikely to go with a soft lineup to Nou Camp despite the 4-0 lead. There were doubts surrounding the fitness and availability of Adrien Rabiot and Angel Di Maria, but the duo are reportedly available for selection.

Angel Di Maria was the main architect of the 4-0 demolition at Parc des Princes and is likely to be an influential figure as PSG defend their lead on Wednesday.

Former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Motta, who missed the first leg with a calf injury, is also fit and available for selection and Unai Emery would be glad to see most of his squad, barring Goncalo Guedes, who is ineligible to represent PSG in European competitions this season, available for the Champions League tie.

It would be interesting to see whether Barcelona are able to, or come even near of completing the mammoth comeback. But, the quality at Luis Enrique’s disposal means it is set to be a mouth-watering tie.

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