After a goalless draw in France, Barcelona is set to host Lyon in the reverse fixture of the round-of-16 in the UEFA Champions League. The hosts, who have the home advantage heading into this crucial tie, are expected to seal their quarter-finals spot in this tournament. On the contrary, Lyon will look to unsettle the Catalans in the early stages with their blistering pace and counter attacks. Both the sides will battle it out in the Camp Nou to book their quarter-finals berth in this tournament.
Barcelona has been flying high this season on the back of some scintillating performances in all the competitions. The treble dream is indeed on for the Spanish giants who look well and truly in control in this season. With a 7-point lead in the La Liga, they are probably on the verge of lifting another domestic silverware. Now their whole focus is on European glory which they have been denied since 2015. The onus is again on Messi to weave his magic and deliver on the biggest stage of all as he promised. The hosts would be eyeing to storm their way into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Lyon has impressed everyone with their sheer determination and drive in the French league, and they have the potential to create havoc in Barcelona. The French side would be hoping to land a counter punch in this crucial fixture. The scenario of the whole tie can change if Lyon manages to sneak an away goal through. However, they have an uphill task ahead of them as they will look to restrict Barcelona in the 90 minutes of passage. Lyon has to conquer Barcelona if they want to stay alive in this tournament.
Date: Thursday, 13th March 2019
Time: 01:30 AM IST
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
League: Champions League
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv (Website, App)
- Coutinho and Vidal can make way for Rakitic and Dembele in the starting lineup.
- Umititi is unlikely to start and Lenglet can take his place in the playing XI.
- Semedo will be guarding the right flank.
- Nabil Fekir will return to the starting lineup after missing the first leg through suspension.
Probable Playing XI
Barcelona – Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur; Dembele, L Suarez, Messi
Lyon – Lopes; Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy; Ndombele, Aouar, Tousart; Fekir, Dembele, Depay