PARIS (Sporting Alert) — Both Xavi and Jordi Alba started for Barcelona in tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first leg clash against Paris St Germain at Parc des Princes.
Xavi will start in midfield and play alongside Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta, who both started on the bench at the weekend in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo.
Alba joins Dani Alves, Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano in the backline, with Victor Valdes back in goal.
David Villa, Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez lead the attacking line.
Meanwhile, former England captain David Beckham starts for PSG, with former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic also starting in Carlo Ancelotti lineup.
Blaise Matuidi, Javier Pastore, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Lucas Moura start as well, with Kevin Gameiro amongst the substitutes.
PSG v Barcelona
PSG: Sirigu, Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Beckham, Matuidi, Lucas Moura, Pastore, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi
Subs: Douchez, Sakho, Menez, Gameiro, Chantome, Van Der Wiel, Verratti
Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Sanchez, Messi, Villa
Subs: Pinto, Fabregas, Thiago, Bartra, Montoya, Song, Tello
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Ergolding)
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