Champions League Preview: PSG v Barcelona - Combined XI

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Barcelona travel to Paris on Wednesday night in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Who makes a combined XI?

On Wednesday night, Paris Saint-Germain take on Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Honours are even after the games in the group stage were split both home and away, but tonight is going to be a huge test for the Ligue 1 side.

There are many world-class players on show, but who would make a combined XI?

Goalkeeper: Salvatore Sirigu (PSG) – The Italian is one of the most undervalued members of the squad. So often he is the last line of defence and always reliable.

Right Back: Gregory van der Wiel (PSG) – If David Luiz was 100% fit, Marquinhos would be a better fit here, but the Dutch full-back will still prove crucial in PSG’s attack.

Centre Back: Gerard Pique (Barcelona) – Edging out his teammate Mascherano, the former Manchester United man has even added four goals from the back.

Centre Back: Thiago Silva (PSG) – PSG’s captain has been in excellent form this year and has only committed one foul in 2015.

Left Back: Jordi Alba (Barcelona) – The 26-year-old has just edged past Brazilian Maxwell. The veteran has been excellent, but Alba adds a little more on both ends of the pitch.

Central Midfield: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) – With Verratti and Thiago Motta out, Busquets has a free run at the midfield. No doubt he would help anchor an attack-heavy team.

Central Midfield: Blaise Matuidi (PSG) – Energy, non-stop running, incisive movement and just an all-round excellent midfield player.

Central Midfield: Adrien Rabiot (PSG) – Without Verratti the space may have been expected to be filled with Andres Iniesta, but his performances have not impressed this season. Rabiot has played well and will be a huge factor on Wednesday.

Right Wing: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – His 34 goals this season make him the first name on this team sheet. Let’s not forget the 15 assists too.

Left Wing: Neymar (Barcelona) – Easily gets the nod past Ezequiel Lavezzi, the contrast in ability shows the gap between these two sides.

Centre Forward: Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – If Ibrahimovic wasn’t suspended, there may have been a battle here, but Cavani doesn’t touch the Uruguayan forward with 10 goals and nine assists this season.

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