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PSG-Barça team news: Defensive shuffles the order of the day

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PSG-Barça team news: Defensive shuffles the order of the day

Barcelona's player Andre Gomes attends a training session.

BENOIT TESSIER

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Unai Emery and Luis Enrique do battle for the first time in the Champions League as Luis Enrique selects Andre Gomes alongside Busquets and Iniesta as he believes that is his best midfield.

PSG and Barcelona renew acquaintances tonight at Parc des Princes with an all-Spanish management battle for us to look forward to. Enrique was dealt a blow with the news that Aleix Vidal would be out for five months while Emery was dealt a less long-term injury blow with news that his captain, Thiago Silva would not make the Barça game. Sergi Roberto will replace Vidal and Marquinhos and Kimpembe will play at the heart of PSG's defense.

Thiago Silva closing his eyes ahead of the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Angers at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.

Sin tituloThiago Silva closing his eyes ahead of the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Angers at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.

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Unai Emery opts for Blaise Matuidi instead of Thiago Motta and Di Maria ahead of Rabiot from the team that played, and beat Bordeaux at the weekend. There is plenty of firepower in the forward line to really trouble Barcelona, but the absence of Thiago Silva will surely put a strain on their back line and midfield.

PSG XI: Trapp, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Kurzawa, Meunier, Matuidi, Verratti; Rabiot, Di María, Draxler, Cavani.

Barcelona's defender Aleix Vidal vies with Deportivo Alaves forward Ruben Sobrino

Sin tituloBarcelona's defender Aleix Vidal vies with Deportivo Alaves forward Ruben Sobrino

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No huge surprises from Luis Enrique but Pique returns and Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto are deployed as full-backs. The other interesting selection is Andre Gomes has been preferred to Ivan Rakitic.

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Piqué, Sergio, Iniesta, Suárez , Messi, Neymar, Alba, S. Roberto, A. Gomes, Umtiti.

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