The Champions League is back. Barcelona will start their Champions League campaign against PSV. With Lionel vowing to bring back that beautiful trophy to Camp Nou, Barcelona is off to a flying start in their league campaign so does PSV in their league too. Barcelona will be hoping to brush off their worst nightmare in Rome, last season. PSV, on the other hand, will be playing to finish decently in what is touted to be a group of death in this year’s Champions League campaign which also include Tottenham Hotspurs and Inter Milan.
Barcelona – Team News:
Barcelona is on a dream start in their league campaign while their rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid dropped points. The Blaugranas, indeed faced a threat from Real Sociedad at Anoeta but second strikes from Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez saved their day. But Barcelona’s real aim is to win Champions League which they had failed to win 2015 while exiting from quarter-finals in every other campaign.
Barcelona’s real strength is their home Camp Nou where they haven’t lost a game since 2013 which is an incredible record in a competition like Champions League.
PSV – Team News:
The Dutch team may be the defending champions of their league but they will start as Underdogs. But PSV will certainly hopeful of upsetting their decorated opponents in their own arena. PSV is expected to field both attacker Hirving Lozano and Goal Keeper Jeron Zoet who are heavily linked with a move to Nou Camp. Barcelona officials are also expected to use this fixture to scout their interests.
Another interesting news is that 2005-06 Champions League Winner Mark Von Bommel will be returning to Barcelona as visiting manager. The 42-Year-Old recently took over PSV from Phillip Cocu and will guide his first Champions League Manager against his former club Barcelona.
Barcelona Predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Pique, Umtiti, Roberto, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho; Messi, Suarez, Dembele
PSV Predicted XI: Zoet; Angelino, Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever; Rosario, Pereiro, Hendrix; Lozano, De Jong, Bergwijn