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Leo Messi / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

It’s a big European night in Paris, as Barça visit Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals aiming for a good result to set up the tie ahead of the return game at the Camp Nou on April 10th. The team are determined to avoid the kind of result that made things so difficult for them in the last round against Milan and will be looking for at least an away goal in Paris, where PSG are unbeaten since 2007.
 
Xavi, still a doubt
 
Barça took a 21 man squad to Paris including Jordi Alba, who was given the medical all-clear on Sunday, whilst Xavi is still a slight doubt, though he is expected to start. That will be down to Tito Vilanova, who travelled with the squad to Paris, as will the choice of which three players are discarded for the match day squad and who plays up front alongside Messi, with Pedro out injured and suspended.
 
PSG – solid with plenty of punch  
 
PSG have three ex-Barça players in their ranks (Maxwell, Ibrahimovic and the injured Motta) who will be hoping to put one over on their ex-employees. The French league leaders are a solid side with plenty of punch up front and will be out to enjoy only their second ever appearance at this stage of the competition. With Ibrahimovic finally available, but with both Lavezzi and Thiago Silva just a yellow off missing the return game in the Camp Nou, PSG will be out to keep their European dreams alive against a Barça side who remain hungry for more titles.

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