Barcelona's possible Champions League last 16 opponents

Posted November 30, 2018

In his first outing as Barca's new captain, the Argentine star, hurt by Real Madrid's dominance in the Champions League, delivered a rousing speech at the start of the season in which he stated his team's primary goal was to reclaim the trophy, and he is seemingly on a one-man mission to make that happen.

"It was a poorly taken free-kick, but luckily Pique was there".

Atletico Madrid extended their advantage at the top of Group A with a 2-0 win over already-eliminated Monaco. Barca has some room for error entering this contest but will look to end a wineless streak, while PSV knows it must win this game to have any chance of getting through to the knockout stage or finishing third and entering the Europa League.

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PSV effectively countered Barcelona's threat for much of the first half by pressing hard and denying Messi and his team mates time to settle, forcing mistakes.

The Barca head coach said: 'We're so happy to have mathematically topped the group.

PSV coach Mark van Bommel - himself a Champions League victor with Barcelona in his playing days - started with his regular lineup that has won all 13 of its Dutch Eredivisie matches this season but failed to register a victory in the Champions League.

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Barcelona has won its Champions League group a record 20 times, and only a dramatic reversal of form will keep the Blaugrana from adding to its prestigious mark. PSV will finish bottom.

The No.10 has not featured in the middle of the attack since the start of the Luis Enrique era, before he switched places with Suarez.

The victory in the Netherlands was Barcelona's fourth successive against Dutch opposition and ensured that it ended their streak of three winless matches. Luuk de Jong struck a late consolation.

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