Paris Saint-Germain return to the scene of La Remontada, and may consider themselves favourites yet again.
Back in 2017 PSG took a 4-0 first-leg lead to the Nou Camp, only to be obliterated 6-1 at the hands of an inspired Barca.
Much of the blame for that defeat though rests with the mental weakness of the 2017 vintage, something that to some extent was put to bed with their run to the 2020 Champions League final.
This meant the Parisians stayed at a Barcelona hotel the night before the game… but this put Poch’s squad at the mercy of some cunning Blaugrana supporters who wanted to help their beloved club.
Video footage published by El Chiringuito in Spain revealed that these Barca fans set off fireworks outside the PSG hotel last night to disrupt the players’ sleep ahead of the big European encounter.
Barcelona welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Camp Nou on Tuesday evening in arguably the blockbuster Champions League last-16 tie.
Messi belatedly moving to Paris, then, appears to make sense for everyone concerned, including PSG midfielder Marco Verratti, who has already admitted that he would love to have Messi and Neymar playing ahead of him at the Parc des Princes.
The Catalans come into the game in strong form, having won their last seven La Liga games, and Saturday saw them beat Alaves 5-1 thanks to a brace from Lionel Messi.
I dribble and I get hit constantly. It makes me very sad. It makes me very sad to have to listen to a player, a coach, a commentator or whoever the hell it is say ‘they have to kick him’, ‘he dives’, ‘cry-baby’ ‘spoilt kid’, etc.
“It saddens me and I don’t know how much longer I can take it. I just want to be happy playing football. NOTHING ELSE.”
Neymar has now sent another emotional tweet ahead of the game, saying: “Top 3 of the games I most wanted to play.”
PSG, meanwhile, head to Spain following a 2-1 weekend win over Nice but the Parisians have been far from the all-conquering domestic force we are used to seeing.