Barcelona will host Arsenal in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions League round 16 at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Wednesday, March 16, starting 20:45 local time.
As per the BBC reports, Arsenal will be looking to comeback from a two-goal deficit in the 1st leg and overturn their fate at Camp Nou. The upcoming match will seem like a “Mission Impossible” especially when the home team is on a 37-winning streak. The Catalonians are looking terrific but Barcelona manager Luis Enrique isn’t taking the Gunners lightly.
Enrique says, “[The 2-0 win in London] was a good result but it doesn’t change our approach. It is still an open match, our opponents are dangerous and we need to play very well to go through. Sometimes the match looks perfect because of the result, but there is always room for improvement. That’s why football is so complex – 11 players have to do the same things at the same time.”
“We have to try to handle quality players like Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez. We want to keep the ball as much as possible to avoid counterattacks – it will not be easy, but lately we have been doing that well. Alexis is a very important player for Arsenal and his national team. He is a quality player, fast and attacking, and he has improved his game since he went to Barcelona. We have to be careful with him.”
As per the official UEFA reports, Defender Laurent Koscielny returns from injury which is a huge boost to the travelling side.
Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager comments, “The key for us will be a solid defensive performance. We have to attack and that suits us. We will do that knowing that the magicians of Barcelona will demand a good defensive performance from ourselves. Koscielny is important for us because he has lots of paces and Barcelona are good on the counterattack.”
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alves, Mathieu, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets; Rakitić, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Out: Rafinha (knee), Sandro (hamstring), Piqué (suspended)
Misses next match if booked: none
Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerín, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Elneny; Campbell, Özil, Sánchez; Giroud
Out: Ramsey (hip), Čech (calf), Cazorla (Achilles), Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Rosický (thigh), Wilshere (calf/shin), Chambers (not in squad)
Misses next match if booked: Monreal, Özil, Campbell, Giroud
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
FC Barcelona vs Arsenal, UEFA Champions League Round 16 2nd Leg
Date: Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Time: 20:45 CET, 19:45 GMT
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
Live Stream: BT Sport