When the two sides met at the Parc des Princes earlier in the season, Paris Saint-Germain emerged as 3-2 winners in an enthralling contest that was particularly notable for its frantic, end-to-end tempo and lack of midfield control. Despite PSG and Barça accumulating the highest average possession in their respective leagues, what decided the match was the exploitation of open space left in the midfield, with both sides guilty of this particular offense.
In the build-up to last night’s rematch, the spotlight was further cast on the midfield due to the absences of Marco Verratti through suspension and Thiago Motta through injury. Recently – and indeed shockingly – maligned of late, Andrés Iniesta had the biggest point to prove of the 22 men on the pitch. How did he fare?