Champions League Preview: Barcelona look for history, Benfica lead


FC Barcelona look to make history and turn around a 4-0 first leg loss in the Champions League while Benfica carry a 1 goal lead and look to qualify.

FC Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain

The definition of having it all to do will be seen on Wednesday as Barcelona will try to do something no other club in the history of the Champions League has done. Turn around a 4-0 loss in the second leg. In 2012, the Catalan club did what seemed to be the impossible and came back from being 2-0 down against AC Milan to qualify with a 4-0 win. At the time, no club had come back from a 2-0 loss in the modern day Champions League.

Lionel MESSI is obviously set to start up front alongside Luis SUAREZ and Neymar but it remains to be seen if Javier MASCHERANO will start in the back with Gerard PIQUE or if it would be Samuel UMTITI.

For the Parisiens, Angel DI MARIA, who ran riot in the first leg, appears to be a major doubt as he seems to be struggling with muscular problems. Per reports, it seems very likely that he would start the second leg, a shame for Paris Saint-Germain as he always seems to step it up against Barcelona.

Angel Di Maria Celebration PSG
Angel Di Maria, who scored in the first leg, is likely to miss out on the return match.

As for the reigning La Liga champions, it’s straight forward. Score a minimum of 4 goals to have the chance to qualify.

Borussia Dortmund vs. Benfica

Traling by a goal down, the Germans will put their 100% home record against Portuguese opposition on the line as they try to qualify against Benfica in the second leg. However the Germans will have it all to do as Benfica have won their last seven matches in all competitions, a form which includes a 1-0 win against Dortmund. For Benfica, Eduardo SALVIO seems the only Argentine player likely to start.

Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich

For Arsenal, Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano MARTINEZ will be on the bench as Arsenal try and pull off the impossible, similar to Barcelona. After suffering a 5-1 loss at the Allianz in Germany, Arsenal will want to turn it around in London but qualification seems unlikely.