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Here it is, then. “The moment of truth,” as the local press have dubbed it.

About Barcelona
Barcelona ( BAR-sə-LOH-nə, Catalan: [bəɾsəˈlonə], Spanish: [baɾθeˈlona]) is a city on the coast of northeastern Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the fifth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, the Ruhr area, Madrid, and Milan. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres (1,680 feet) high.
Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon as an economic and administrative centre of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Since 1450, it is home to the University of Barcelona. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean are located in Barcelona. The city is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and also many international sport tournaments.
Barcelona is a major cultural, economic, and financial centre in southwestern Europe, as well as the main biotech hub in Spain. As a leading world city, Barcelona’s influence in global socio-economic affairs qualifies it for global city status.Barcelona is a transport hub, with the Port of Barcelona being one of Europe’s principal seaports and busiest European passenger port, an international airport, Barcelona–El Prat Airport, which handles over 50 million passengers per year, an extensive motorway network, and a high-speed rail line with a link to France and the rest of Europe.

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On Saturday at the Camp Nou, FC Barcelona begin a quest to guarantee that 2019/2020 does not finish trophyless by resuming their Champions League campaign.

Before them, in a last 16 second leg tie, stand a game Napoli who held the Catalans to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio San Paolo on February 25.

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Thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s equalizer, Barça nurse an away goal advantage yet are beset by injuries and suspensions meaning coach Quique Setien can call on the services of just 13 senior team members in his matchday squad.

The fitness of the mentioned Frenchman himself has been touch and go, but both of Catalonia’s big sports newspapers have him starting up top with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

The marked difference, however, is that SPORT believe the Blaugrana will set up in a 4-3-3 and Mundo Deportivo think Setien is destined to opt for the 4-3-1-2 that worked so well away at Villarreal in La Liga recently.

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Both approaches find Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique and Nelson Semedo forming Barça’s back four while protecting Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s goal.

And in addition to this, a pivot Ivan Rakitic standing in for the sanctioned Sergio Busquets behind Frenkie de Jong and Sergi Roberto, meaning Riqui Puig still awaits his Champions League starting debut.

In the 4-3-3, Griezmann is placed on the left with Suarez in the center and Messi manning the right wing.

As part of a 4-3-1-2, though, the Ballon d’Or winner drops back to provide central attacking midfield support to a pair of strikers.

Speaking to the press yesterday, Busquets claimed that he and his teammates are facing the challenge that lies ahead of them “with great optimism”.

“We have had [some] days to prepare for the game and we know that anything can happen. It is the return [leg], with a [1-1] draw in the first leg, but we will go for [it in] the game and [stay] true to our philosophy,” vowed the Spanish veteran.

“Playing always gives you the extra pace, but other things can be improved,” he explained further of purported ring rust. “The game is going to be complicated. We aspire to [deliver] much more, to control the game and attack and score goals. In the end the goals count.