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Ibrahimovic will be out to quell the naysayers in PSG's second quarterfinal, he is suspended for the first
Ibrahimovic is banned for first leg of the quarterfinal as it stands. If the ban is revised, then obviously Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be one of the top talents heading into the last eight.
His role as provider and not just goal scorer cannot be underplayed. The competition’s joint leading assist provider will need to concentrate more on his scoring though if PSG want to progress to the semi-finals.
Xavi and Andres Iniesta
It would be impossible to look ahead to the Champions League quarterfinals without acknowledging the dual talents of Xavi and Andres Iniesta that Barcelona possess. Messi may grab the plaudits and Alba has undoubtedly been the revelation of this season’s competition for the Spaniards, but the architects of a semifinals berth for La Liga’s leaders will likely be this pair.
Dortmund’s prolific Polish hitman will likely be a key figure in any further success that Klopp’s side enjoy in this season’s campaign. With five goals to his name already, Robert Lewandowski will be a marked man in these quarterfinals.
The same goes for his teammate Reus. Together, with Gotze, the pair have formed a formidable attacking trio, and no team will relish a clash with BVB. Reus’ three goals, added to Lewandowski’s five and Gotze’s two, combine for 10 goals.
Outcast at Inter Milan, Wesley Sneijder’s decision to join Turkish giants Galatasaray has been vindicated by their progress to the quarterfinals. A title winner already with the Italians, the Dutchman’s experience will be vital to Cimbom’s hopes of reaching he semis.
Classy and perhaps overlooked but never undervalued, Claudio Marchisio is vital for Antoinio Conte’s Juventus. Two assists and two goals in six matches this season is a big contribution for a player who is vital both when defending and attacking. The Italian international is convinced that the Old Lady can claim European victory; he will be vital to those hopes.
The man who scored the winning penalty in last season’s final in Munich made a quick return to Europe’s top table after his summer exit from Chelsea. Now with Galatasaray, a second consecutive title may be ambitious, but Drogba’s presence along with Sneijder’s brings plenty of experience to Fatih Terim’s side.