3 key matchups to watch in the PSG vs FC Barcelona clash

  • Paris hosts Barcelona in the crucial UCL quarter-final next Wednesday
  • Stay tuned for the key matchups to watch
PSG's Kylian Mbappe & Barcelona's Jules Kounde.
PSG's Kylian Mbappe & Barcelona's Jules Kounde. / BSR Agency/GettyImages

PSG will host Barcelona next Wednesday in the Champions League quarter final. This is undoubtably the biggest game of PSG's season given the stakes that are at hand.

One of the most interesting aspects of the game is the matchups that we will witness.

Here at PSG Post we will delve into the duels which will be pivotal in deciding who will win the first leg in Parc des Princes.

1. Kylian Mbappe vs Jules Kounde

The first of our key battles features two players who know each other well from national team duty. Kylian Mbappe and Jules Kounde are usually starters for the French National team.

The fact that the train with each other in the national team is intriguing as they will know each other's strenghths and weaknesses. Despite this Kounde will not have it his own way against a player whom many believe to be the best in the world.

2. Lewandowski vs PSG's centrebacks

PSG's centre backs will have a incredibly tough time against Robert Lewandowski despite the fact the Pole has had an in different season.

Lewandowski has scored 13 goals in 28 league games and 20 goals in 40 games across all competitions this season which is rather underwhelming for a striker of his calibre.

Luis Enrique may opt to start Lucas Hernandez and Marquinhos due to Lucas Beraldo's inexperience especially in the latter stages of the Champions League.

3. The midfield battle

Both sides have quality midfielders. PSG can field a midfield consisting of Warren Zaire Emery, Manuel Ugarte and Vitinha while Barcelona can start one consisting of Pedri, De Jong and Oriol Romeu.

Warren Zaire-Emery will be key to whether to PSG can win the midfield battle. The French prodigy has had an excellent season so far but playing against Frenkie De Jong and Pedri in the latter stages of the Champions League will be his toughest test to date.