Barcelona gamble on Pique start against PSG

Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique warms up outdated to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 16, 2021. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Gerard Pique became picked to start his first recreation in nearly three months for Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain within the Champions League closing 16 on Tuesday.

Centre-aid Pique has been out since November with a knee ligament rupture nonetheless Barca coach Ronald Koeman decided to gamble on the 34-365 days-worn, who returned to practising this week outdated to the first leg.

Lionel Messi moreover started in a entrance three alongside Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele, with the in-create Frenkie de Jong aid in midfield after filling in as a centre aid in latest weeks.

PSG became boosted by the return of Marco Verratti, who became passed fit to start despite missing closing weekend’s bewitch over Nice with a hip scenario.

Neymar and Angel Di Maria were each and every ruled out injured for Mauricio Pochettino’s aspect, which implies Moise Kean joined Verratti and Kylian Mbappe within the aid of Mauro Icardi at Camp Nou.

Barcelona (4-3-3)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri; Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele

Coach: Ronald Koeman (NED)

Paris Saint-Germain (4-2-3-1)

Keylor Navas, Alessandro Florenzi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa; Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes; Moise Kean, Marco Verratti, Kylian Mbappe; Mauro Icardi

Coach: Mauricio Pochettino (ARG)

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)

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