Barcelona team news: Luis Enrique faces defensive headache, Arda Turan makes provisional squad

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Barcelona team news: Luis Enrique faces defensive headache, Arda Turan makes provisional squad

Barcelona take on PSG in the Champions League second-leg Last 16 clash on Wednesday 8 March needing to overturn a 4-0 aggregate scoreline following their heavy defeat against the French giants in the first leg.

Barca boss Luis Enrique came out fighting in his pre-match conference.

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Enrique revealed that he believes his side are capable of turning the scores around and progressing to the next round.

The Barca boss faces a bit of a headache in defence after Jeremy Mathieu and Aleix Vidal were both ruled out with an ankle injury.

Enrique does however, have an otherwise full strength squad with Arda Turan returning from an injury that has seen him miss the last five games in all competitions.

The Turkish international was rested against Celta Vigo over the weekend as was club legend Andres Iniesta.

Javier Mascherano who was also recently out is back. The MSN – Messi, Suarez, Neymar – are also available.

Enrique is expected to stick with the 3-4-3 formation which he introduced following the 4-0 defeat against PSG.

Barcelona have won all four games since the PSG defeat, after the tactical change.

In the 5-0 victory over Celta Vigo Jordi Alba played in a deeper role on the left side of defence with left-back Sergi Roberto playing on the left flank of the midfield and Rafinha played on the right.

The new setup allowed Lionel Messi to play more centrally while Sergi Roberto and Alba were able to provide defensive cover dropping back and creating a four-man defence when defending.

This allowed for a diamond shaped midfield with Rakitic and Rafinha besides Busquets and Messi in an influential role in the middle.


Barcelona provisional squad

Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Masip
Defenders Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Perdomo
Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Denis Suarez, Arda, Iniesta, Rafinha, Gomes
Forwards Suarez, Messi, Neymar, Alcacer