FC Barcelona, which find themselves amidst a sterling run of play in recent weeks, began preparations Monday for perhaps their biggest test in recent years — Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League last-16 second leg versus Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou.

To stay alive in the tournament, Barça must overcome a 4–0 aggregate deficit, a task initially thought to be herculean but which has become, in the minds of many a Barça fan, far less unrealistic in the wake of the team’s last domestic two performances — 6–1 over Sporting and 5–0 over Celta, both at Camp Nou — each of which would be enough to earn them a berth in the quarterfinals of Europe’s top club competition.

 

Among the notable faces present at Monday’s session was that of midfielder André Gomes, who missed the 5–0 win over Celta with illness. The first-teamers were joined by Wilfrid Kaptoum and Álex Carbonell of the reserve squad.

Barça train again on Tuesday morning in what will be their final workout before Wednesday night’s tilt.