Barcelona v PSG Preview: Ligue 1 Side Look To Aerial Assault To Conquer Barcelona

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The game could be decided in the air, much as the last edition was.

Barcelona face PSG tonight in a rematch of the thrilling 3-2 game earlier this season.

In that encounter, PSG ran out winners, in no small part thanks to their dominance at set pieces.

David Luiz scored from an early free kick, and the Parisians grabbed a second goal when Marco Verratti headed home from a corner.

PSG are likely to embrace the same strategy tonight, especially with the giant Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in the team.

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Barcelona’s average size has always been small, and they have only been able to cope by dominating possession and giving away very few free kicks in dangerous areas.

But with much of the team out of form and their pressing game not what it once was, the weakness in the air becomes much more of a problem. Marca suggest that Luis Enrique could play Gerard Pique and summer signing Jeremy Mathieu in central defence to counter the aerial threat of Ibrahimovic and his teammates.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen was at partly fault for both of PSG’s set-piece goals in the last fixture, but the German will play again tonight. He insisted he had no problem with dealing with high balls, and that the side would not be too worried about the threat of Zlatan:

“We have not worked on the aerial game any more than usual. We have to win and we know our quality… There is no one player in any team that makes the difference even though we know Ibrahimovic’s quality and we need to factor him in.”

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