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UEFA Champions League. Round of 16. Second leg.

16 March 2016, 20:45 GMT+1

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

Referee: Sergei Karasev, Russian Federation

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Barcelona was the favorite of this clash far before the first leg win (0-2) and even before the start of the Champions League season… Actually, nowadays Barcelona will be the favorite against any opponent, and that fictive word should not define all the duels. The so-called outsider should do everything to create a sensation, and as we know, it sometimes happens. But is it possible for this particular case?

Round of 16. First leg. Arsenal vs Barcelona (0-2), Full highlights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wBuPi9tRSQ


Barcelona (Spain)

Coach: Luis Enrique

Current Form: W_W_W_W_W

Situation in domestic league and cups:

Barcelona is leading the table having +8 from Atletico Madrid and +12 from Real Madrid. They have the best goal difference and 37 games without a loss in all competitions (31 wins, 6 draws), which is an absolute La Liga record. They are becoming leaders everywhere they play during the current season, already having booked their place in Copa del Rey final.

Probable Lineup:

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Missing Players: Rafinha, Sandro (injured), Pique (suspended)

Arsenal (England)

Coach: Arsene Wenger

Current Form: L_L_D_W_L

Situation in domestic league and cups:

Arsenal currently lack stability, which they eagerly show in EPL. Having 2 losses and 1 draw in last 3 league games, the team from London push themselves farther and farther from the leader’s position (-11). Moreover, they also were kicked out FA cup (by Watford, 1-2), which they were managing to win during the last seasons despite disappointing performance in EPL.

Probable Lineup:

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Missing Players: Rosicky, Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey, Oxlade Chamberlain, Cech, Cazorla

Match facts:

  • Barcelona won their last 3 home matches against Arsenal.
  • Arsenal players Monreal, Ozil, Campbell and Giroud will miss the next UCL match in case they receive yellow cards today.
  • Barcelona have not lost a game in the current UCL season.
  • Barcelona have missed 8 out of 15 penalties in La Liga this season.
  • Barcelona lost to English clubs only twice in their history.

Finalizing…

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Arsenal need to score twice and keep clean sheet, in order to make it to series of penalties, realizing which is the Catalans’ only weakness. It sounds impossible, taking into account the long injured list and disappointment within the team. However, this game is one of the few chances to rehabilitate in the eyes of their fans. Yes, Barcelona is clashing and ruining all the clubs on their way, but that fact and the first leg game result may give them too much of self-confidence, which gives a chance to “wounded” Arsenal to shine…

By: Inga Voskerchian