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Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain: Official Lineups

In a bold move to overturn a one-goal deficit, Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has handed young forward Bradley Barcola a starting berth for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against FC Barcelona.

Barcola, who came off the bench in the first leg’s 3-2 defeat at the Parc des Princes, will slot into the attacking trio alongside Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe. The 19-year-old’s inclusion marks a significant change from the first leg, where Angel Di Maria occupied the left-wing position.

Enrique’s decision to deploy Barcola reflects his desire to inject more pace and directness into PSG’s attack, as they seek to break down Barcelona’s resolute defense. Barcola’s speed and dribbling skills could prove crucial in creating opportunities for Mbappe and Dembele.

The Frenchman’s selection also highlights the trust Enrique has placed in him. Barcola has impressed in his limited opportunities for PSG this season, showcasing his potential and earning the backing of his manager.

With the pressure mounting and the stakes at their highest, Barcola’s presence in the starting lineup adds an element of intrigue to this crucial Champions League encounter. His performance could have a significant impact on PSG’s chances of progressing to the semi-finals.

Official Lineups

Barcelona: Ter Stegen – Koundé, R. Araujo, Cubarsi, Cancelo – F. De Jong, Gündogan, Pedri – Yamal, Lewandowski, Raphinha

Paris Saint-Germain: Donnarumma – Hakimi, Marquinhos (cap.), L. Hernandez, Nuno Mendes – Zaïre-Emery, Vitinha, Ruiz – Dembélé, Mbappé, Barcola.

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