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PSG vs Barcelona, Bayern vs Juventus - CL Q & A Live
In the build-up to tonight's encounters, Goal.com is having a question and answers session with all its correspondents who willl discuss both fixtures in detail. Do join in, as an intense debate is assured, as PSG host Barcelona, while Bayern Munich entertain Juventus at home...

00:02 IST


All right! Thank you so much for tuning in! Kick-off is 15 minutes away and the games tonight are mouthwatering to say the least.

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23:58 IST


Schweinsteiger: "My aim is to play Spain and to play Barcelona and to beat them with our way to play football. I am convinced that we are able to do that."

So the final call? What will be the scoreline from Juventus' trip to Germany?

Aditya and Surya are going with a 0-0 and 1-1 respectively. Mrunal and Ayush on the contrary going with a 2-1 win for the Bavarians. Wrishik boldly going for a 2-0 away win for Juventus.

23:55 IST


So what according to you would be a good scoreline for the away teams tonight?
Remember they have an advantage of playing the second leg at home...

MRUNAL: 1-1 would be pretty good scoreline for both the away sides. Barca will have the upper hand at home in the second leg and Juve should back themselves to hold Bayern.

BRENDON is frank with his reply: I think Juventus would be thrilled with even a 2-1 defeat tonight. If they can come away with a draw, they'll be very pleased.

KISHEN: The away goal will be of utmost importance. The earlier it comes, the better. A draw would be good for the away teams. I think goalless draws would be huge disappointment to all teams and us viewers.

23:51 IST


AYUSH is with the Germans on this one: Yes, in fact Bayern's depth and quality across the field is their major plus. To have a Plan B, and a Plan C on the bench is something noother team can boast of, and it does give them an edge on Juventus, whose strikers have all misfired this season.

MRUNAL is intrigued: This is indeed a great point by the German's gaffer but the fact remains that Juve find a way of making up for those goals from other areas of the pitch and in that sense its what works best for each side. Juventus' strength like in their solidity at the back so this clash will be one of contrasting styles and approached. Will be most interesting to see what works best.

BRENDAN explains the problem for the Italians: Every top team needs that one prolific striker at the very least. The fact that Juventus have gotten this far and achieved what the have over the past couple of seasons without a striker like that is quite incredible. Juventus rely on their midfielders to chip in with goals and that's not going to pay off all the time is these matches. For a team that plays a system involving two strikers, they are terribly short of talent up front.

23:49 IST


Bayern do have three top strikers in their ranks who are in decent form - Mandzukic, Gomez and PIZARRO. Juventus do not really have a prolific goal scorer in their ranks!
How much will that be of an importance as Heynckes has already mentioned that having a top striker in Pizarro as their third choice is their strength...

23:48 IST


Effenberg said that this Bayern side lacks leaders - a competetive nastiness which is needed to win trophies. Do you agree with him?

KISHEN agrees: Well... Lahm isn't the stereotypical leader one imagines and the German side are quite youthful too. I think the players will have to show their maturity tonight. Juventus has Buffon, Pirlo, Chiellini to encourage the other lads and the Italians are an experienced lot. Bayern will have to be mature tonight.

SURYA plays the diplomat: Yes and no. They have an influential leader in Philipp Lahm. He captains both the national team as well as his club. But Bayern have struggled at the biggest stage and hence, it could be said that they lack leader on the football pitch- to push the players to that extra limit.

AMAN chooses to disagree: I don't really agree with Effenberg's comments. Clearly, Bayern are a cohesive unit which has been together since a couple of years. They do have their own leaders on the pitch with Lahm in defense, Schweinsteiger in midfield and Ribery in attack. Although they have stumbled in the final stages of competetions in last few years, it's more of that extra bit from players rather than quality leadership.

23:45 IST


SUSPENSION ALERT: Brazilian centre-back Dante and Philipp Lahm are in danger of missing the return leg in Turin on April 10 should they pick up a booking in this encounter.

TRIVIA: Jupp Heynckes masterminded victory over Juventus when he was Real Madrid boss, guiding them to a Champions League final 1-0 win in 1998.

23:43 IST


Kishen: Juventus are playing it safe against Bayern at the Allianz Arena. The defensive capabilities of Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini and Peluso would match Bayern's attack. Lichsteiner is excellent going forward and would be a sturdy presence against Ribery too. I think Conte is playing it safe with a defense minded Peluso than the more adventurous Asamoah.

Aman is going with the Italians having the upper hand: Bayern though playing at home, have a shaky defense and it is there where they can be exposed. Quagliarella has scored 4 times in the Champions League this season in just about 240 minutes and expect him to be on song against the duo of Boatend and Dante. A well oiled Juventus team could be too much to handle for the uncertain Bayern defense

Brendan Netto joins in and says; This game is all about the midfield. Yes, both defenses have been excellent this season but the midfield really is the core of either side. Thats where i feel Juventus have a slight advantage. I believe their midfield trio is second only to that of Barcelona's. However, Bayern's attack is superior to Juventus' and that makes this a tough game to call

23:41 IST


So in which departments will the game between these two heavyweights be decided in the first leg in Germany?

23:40 IST


Here are our experts' opinions:

Surya: Asamoah was a driving presence on Juventus' left-flank. The visitors will surely miss his energy and work rate and I don't really see Peluso filling in as able deputy.

Aman: Asamoah, playing as the wing-back was  a good outlet for developing attacks and his absence could harm the Italians. His replacement Peluso has a more defensive look to his game and is known for his more than decent tackling and blocking. Conte has probably gone in for him so that he can help his side keep some posession on the left hand side and create some space for the midfielders to draft in

23:39 IST


The big news from this one for Juventus is no Asamoah for the Bianconeri! How big is that and does Peluso have the talent to deliver on the big stage

23:38 IST


Turning our attention to the Allianz Arena for the game between Bayern Munich and Juventus!

Lineups are:

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso; Matri, Quagliarella.

Bayern Munich:  Neuer; Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Alaba; Gustavo, Schweinsteiger; Müller, Kroos, Ribéry; Mandzukic

23:34 IST


WOW! Take a look at what kind of predictions we have got here!

While Wrishik and Aman are going for a 2-1 victory for PSG, Aditya Bajaj who just joined in is boldly foretelling a 3-1 scoreline for the Parisians!

Kishen Patel is exceptionally going for a 2-2 draw!

23:31 IST


So folks what are the final predictions from Ibrahimovic's reunion with his former side??

23:28 IST


Aman Arora quips by saying Ibrahimovic isn't the only threat: "Although the limlight is on Zlatan facing his former employers, Lavezzi for me is equally potent and capable enough to harm the Barcelona defense. The duo of Pique and Mascherano, although experienced are susceptible to quick attackers and here is where PSG could harm them. Beckham's inclusion in the starting line up also suggests that Ancelotti wants quick and accurate passes, attacking Barca with a more dorect approach."

Surya Solanki coincides with Aman: "They might be dependent on Ibrahimovic, but Moura and Lavezzi can provide adequate support to break down Barcelona's defence. In-fact, I feel Lavezzi and Moura will be the key players today as they'll have to supply ammunition to  Ibrahimovic and expose Barcelona's frailities at the back."

Ayush completes the conversation: "Well it will obviously come down to the clash between Pique and Ibrahimovic. How the Spaniard deals with the threat of Ibra will be pivotal to Barcelona's hopes of carrying a lead into the second leg. Lucas Moura has shown he has the spark to support Ibrahimovic in the offensive third, but Pastore and Lavezzi need to deliver big time."

23:25 IST


THIS IS HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO THEM: Many PSG supporters who couldn’t get tickets are watching the game in bars around the venue. There are many Barça supporters in the streets.

23:25 IST


Before wrap up the discussion on this one, a thought for Barcelona's defense: Do you think, from an attacking sense, PSG have what it takes to breach the Blaugrana back-line tonight?

23:23 IST


Mrunal Nakashe is not happy with Ancelotti's call: "a start for Beckham is a big surprise. You have to wonder whether he can cope with the pace of the game with his current fitness levels. will be most interesting to watch but clearly Ancelotti has gone for experience. Indeed Becks could be found short on legs in this game. Could have been a more effective option as a substitute.

Our other expert Ayush Srivastava has just joined in! He opines: "Obviously Ancelotti has decided his team needs the experience and big game mentality of Beckham tonight. It is a very tricky decision, which might backfire, against Barcelona. Verrati generally is tasked with conducting PSG's play from a deep midfield position. Can Beckham effectively replace him? The answer to that could decide the result of the first leg tonight."

Kishen Patel solves the Beckham conundrum: "Ancelloti is using Beckham to maximize scoring chances from free kicks and corners. He may not have the legs to chase the ball around but he can initiate counters with his long balls from almost anywhere on the pitch. Ancelloti is a shrewd tactician and I think he wants to take full advantage of Beckham's experience."

23:20 IST


As is clear now from the starting lineups, much to everyone's surprise, David Beckham has been afforded a spot in the starting lineup by Carlo Ancelotti! What are the responses on this one?

23:18 IST


Here is an amusing piece of information about the match in France tonight: During rehearsals that took place to test screens Parc des Princes, they showed 5-3 for Paris, with three own goals for Barça and  for PSG goals from Maxwell Matuidi and a hat trick for Ibra. Parisians probably would sign for such a result at the final whistle of tonight!

What do you have to say about that? What are the odds on that to happen?