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UEFA Champions League

  • March 7, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: S. Moen
  • • Attendance: 75632
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Barcelona win Aggregate 10 - 2

Barcelona - Bayer Leverkusen Preview: Catalan giants eye fifth straight Champions League quarter-final appearance

Barcelona - Bayer Leverkusen Preview: Catalan giants eye fifth straight Champions League quarter-final appearance

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Progression to the last eight of Europe's elite club competition looks a formality for Pep Guardiola's men, who hold a commanding 3-1 lead over the German side from the first leg


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Cuenca

BAYER LEVERKUSEN

Leno
Schwaab, Friedrich, Toprak, Kadlec
Reinartz, Bender
Castro, Augusto, Schurrle
Kiessling

Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez will sit out Wednesday's Champions League last-16 second-leg clash with Bayer Leverkusen after the Chilean suffered a muscle tear in the weekend win over Sporting Gijon.

Midfielder Thiago is a doubt, having sustained a knock to his shin during training whilst on international duty with Spain, with Eric Abidal (groin) another absentee.

Captain Carles Puyol could be restored to the starting line-up after he was rested on the bench during the weekend. Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets are available for selection again after missing the win over Sporting due to suspension.

Bayer Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt will be without the injured trio of Sidney Sam, Michael Ballack and Tranquillo Barnetta, while defender Vedran Corluka is doubtful to feature.

Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok, who has spent a month on the sidelines with a lacerated foot, could make his first start for the club since January, having played the second half of Saturday's win over Bayern Munich as a substitute.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona have won their last nine home matches against German opponents since losing 2-1 to Bayern Munich in the 1998-99 Champions League group stage.
  • The Catalans have won more corners (48) and had more shots wide (62) than any other team left in the competition.
  • Barca are on a 49-match unbeaten streak at Camp Nou in all competitions - a run that stretches back to September 2010.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have not won away from home in the Champions League in their last 12 attempts.
  • The German side have conceded 11 goals; more than any other club in the round of 16.
  • B04 are currently on a three-game winning streak in the Bundesliga.

Players to watch

L. Messi

Position: Attacker

Games: 6

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The Argentine maestro has been in sparkling form in front of goal, netting nine in his last four games for club and country. The 24-year-old, who is the leading scorer in the Champions League this campaign with seven goals, got a much-needed rest during the weekend, and he will be keen to stretch his goalscoring run against the Bundesliga side.

Renato Augusto

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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With Dutt's side needing to score a minimum of three goals to stand any chance of progressing, they will look to the Brazilian attacker to lead the charge. The former Flamengo man is perhaps the most potent creative talent the German outfit possess in their ranks, and he will be aiming to make up for lost time having missed most of the season through a knee injury.

Editor's Prediction

This second leg tie has a bit of a dead rubber feel to it, and Guardiola could well opt to give his reserves some game time on Wednesday. Although the visitors come into this on a good run of results, it is hard to see them get a result at Camp Nou.

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