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Can Ibrahimovic and co dent Barca hopes?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will line up for Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona.

The Swedish striker was initially ruled out after being handed a two match ban for his red card in PSG's last 16 encounter with Valencia in February, when he lashed out against Andres Guardado in stoppage time.

But the ban was reduced to one game by UEFA and he sat out his side's 1-1 draw in the home leg against Valencia to secure their quarter-final meeting with Barca - the first time the French giants have reached this stage of the competition since 1995, when they defeated Barcelona over two legs.

The fact that PSG had enough about them to see off Valencia and book a quarter-final place, even without the services of Ibrahimovic, is an indication that they really are a force to be reckoned with in Europe.

And with the likes of David Beckham, Thiago Silva, Lucas Moura and Ligue 1's record signing Javier Pastore in their ranks, Carlo Ancelotti's side have an opportunity to show how far they have come since the PSG takeover and huge cash injection in their clash with a Barca side who are not quite firing on all cylinders.

'Team network'

Beckham said: "They're not just about individual talent, they're about a team network and they've been like that for years. That's why they've had the success they've had.''

PSG's former Barca striker Ibrahimovic added: "I think we will have to concentrate on our way of playing and the coach Carlo Ancelotti will choose the right tactics for this match against, without doubt, the best team in the world.''

Barcelona duo Xavi and Jordi Alba have recovered from injury and are included in the squad. Both players missed Saturday's 2-2 draw away to Celta Vigo with hamstring strains picked up while on international duty with Spain.

But Barcelona's captain Carles Puyol is ruled out - and could miss the rest of the season following keyhole surgery on his injured right knee.

Bayern Munich entertain Juventus in Tuesday's other Champions League fixture, with Real Madrid hosting Galatasary and Malaga entertaining Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

One to watch - Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Former clubs: Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan

Titles: 9

Appearances: 389

Goals: 214

International appearances: 87

International goals: 39

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