Champions League Quarter Final draw: Paris Saint-Germain vs Barça

rafinha goal paris st germainThe Champions League draw was made this lunchtime with Barça being paired with French big money spenders Paris Saint Germain. The first leg will be played at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday 2 April with the return at Camp Nou on Wednesday 10 April. The tie will mean the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Motta and Maxwell Andrade to Camp Nou though the big Swede has to serve the second of a two-match suspension and will miss the first game in Paris.

Considering the other possible rivals this should be seen as a good draw though it will not be easy. Money has poured into the French club since being bought by the Qatar Investment Authority with big name signings such as Ibrahimovic, the Brazilians Thiago Silva and the impressive Lucas Moura, and the Argentinians Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Carlos Ancelotti’s men qualified for the last 16 by winning Group A taking 15 points to finish above Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo Zagreb. They then faced Valencia in the last 16, impressing in a 1-2 win at Mestalla but without Ibrahimovic for the second leg they went through after a nervous 1-1 draw.

barça psg ronaldo penaltyThe clubs have only crossed paths twice before in European competition. In the Champions League quarter-final stages back in 1995 PSG had a fine team including George Weah and David Ginola and the Parisiens went through 3-2 on aggregate. Barça gained revenge two years later in the Cup Winners Cup Final two years later in Rotterdam when a Ronaldo penalty was enough to beat the French side 1-0. The teams met more recently in a preseason friendly last August with Rafinha and Messi scoring for Barça before Ibrahimovic and Camara levelled the scores for Les Rouge-et-Bleu. With a 2-2 final score the game was settled by penalties with Pinto saving two as Barça won 4-1.

The full quarter-final draw is as follows:

Malaga – Dortmund (Wednesday 3 and Tuesday 9 April)

Real Madrid – Galatasaray (Wednesday 3 and Tuesday 9 April)

Paris SG – Barça (Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 10 April)

Bayern Munich – Juventus (Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 10 April).

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5 Responses to Champions League Quarter Final draw: Paris Saint-Germain vs Barça

  1. bc9jaCule says:

    Admittedly, we got a somewhat standard draw but Nic, after the way we played to enforce that epic remuntada at the Camp Nou, I became utterly fearless and just glad to still have ‘US’ in the quarters – regardless of who we eventually draw. And, with due focus, I see us negotiating our way past PSG convincingly.

    The tie of the round is certainly that of Bayern-Juve and that’s really hard to call while I see Malaga narrowly edging Dortmund, maybe via penalties. However, the general impression is that Madrid got an easy draw but I see it as a tricky one and Gala could end up being a very slippery banana peel for them and I seriously hope so because I wouldn’t like a CL clasico again.

    Visca Barca!!!!!
    Forca Barca!!!!!

    • FC Barcelona Rocks! says:

      I disagree with the Malaga edging Dortmund part. Dortmund is VERY CLEARLY the stronger of the both. . Dortmund, Madrid, Bayern, Barcelona are favorites to get to the semifinals…however the opponents they face in the quarter finals could well pull an upset

  2. barcacentralomer says:

    I don’t think we should be too disappointed with the draw. Malaga probably would have been the best opponent from our perspective and I tend to agree with Gala being a tricky one. Bayern vs Juve is the hardest one to call IMO and would have liked to see one of them up against Real.

  3. FCB-Parbo says:

    Long time no write. You all know Pedro Pinto right? Man, this man is so a Mou and Crybaby fanboy. He predicts a final between RM and BM and that RM will be champions. What a d….. Didn’t even mention Barca at all. All of a sudden we are sh… . And Tim Tanner (I hope I got his name right) is predicting a final between RM and Juve and RM will be champions. In their dreams right? Barca fans wanted to play RM, but RM fans don’t. Go figure.

    Go Gala, with now in their team Schneider, Drogba, Hamid Altintop. I think it won’t be easy for RM.

    Visca Barca!!!

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