PSG stars form rondo circle before Barcelona UCL clash

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Harry Slavin For Mailonline

Four goals ahead after the first leg, Paris Saint-Germain can perhaps be forgiven for not taking their training as seriously ahead of their Champions League second-leg clash with Barcelona.

The Ligue 1 giants took to the Nou Camp pitch on Tuesday night to get adjusted to their surroundings, going through their paces under the watchful eye of boss Unai Emery.

However, one drill caught the eye more than any other as the French side put a twist on a familiar exercise; the rondo.

Paris Saint-Germain players took part in an unusual rondo drill at the Nou Camp on Tuesday

Serge Aurier, Adrien Rabiot and Layvin Kurzawa were the three players in the centre of the ring

Serge Aurier, Adrien Rabiot and Layvin Kurzawa were the three players in the centre of the ring

The exercise, which his used to coach possession, usually sees a group of players form a circle and attempt to keep the ball away from two team-mates.

However, it looked a little different as PSG stars attempted to keep the ball away from Serge Aurier, Adrien Rabiot and Layvin Kurzawa, while all holding hands to form a complete ring.

At the same time the trio in the middle of the circle also had to link arms and work as a team to try and win back possession.

Whether or not they’ll get the chance to replicate their ability to retain the ball on Wednesday night is another matter.

The players were supposed to keep their arms linked at all times to ensure a circle was formed

The players were supposed to keep their arms linked at all times to ensure a circle was formed

Rabiot (centre), Kurzawa and Aurier joke around with Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore

Rabiot (centre), Kurzawa and Aurier joke around with Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore

Unai Emery's side were training at the Nou Camp ahead of their last-16 second-leg clash

Unai Emery’s side were training at the Nou Camp ahead of their last-16 second-leg clash

Barcelona have dominated possession at home this season in the competition, enjoying over 70 per cent of the ball in their victories over Celtic and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Manchester City had a little more joy when they visited the Nou Camp last October, seeing 47 per cent of the ball, however it didn’t serve them well as they came away on the end of a 4-0 loss.

It’s a scoreline that Paris Saint-Germain will be desperate to avoid tonight. 



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