Champions League review: Watershed moment for PSG
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 15, 2017,
Feb 15, 2017, 12:17
Di Maria got his second of the night in the 55th minute to make it 3-0 for PSG.
PSG are not short of risky attacking options of their own, with Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani leading the charge.
Edinson Cavani then scored on 70 minutes off a lovely counter attack to complete the dominant scoreline.
Beaten by Barcelona in the quarter-finals in both 2013 and 2015, PSG were determined not to fall to them at the last-16 stage here and produced their performance of the season, playing with greater intensity, skill and objective than the visitors.
Per TV3 (h/t Marca), Enrique made few excuses about the defeat, crediting PSG with a fine performance on the night at the Parc des Princes: "It was a disastrous night". Guedes in ineligible for the knockout stage, but Draxler should start up front for PSG with Cavani and Di Maris against Barcelona.
Emery, the former Sevilla boss and multiple Europa League victor, has come up against Barcelona 23 times in his coaching career and won just once, in La Liga last season. Rabiot took the ball off Lionel Messi before Marco Verratti threaded the ball into Draxler, who struck low across goal and into the bottom corner.
Forget the MSN, tonight was all about the CDD, as Cavani, Draxler and Di Maria ran the show. The French giants, who have had their fair share of trouble with Barca in past editions of the competition, clearly outplayed the Spanish club from the start to finish to secure this very impressive yet un expected victory.
"I have to work hard, just like any other player".
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As for PSG, they'll be hoping that this result is a watershed moment as they strive to join Europe's greats and ultimately lift the Champions League trophy in June. One's mind immediately flashed back to last season, where he was sent off twice in important matches.
Midfielder Matuidi had spoken before the game of his belief that PSG could end their hoodoo against Barca, but the France midfielder - while praising the team's performance - warned the team to be wary of a Camp Nou backlash in the second leg.
He is now bracing himself for an encounter between two European heavyweights, and the former World Player of the Year is convinced that first-leg hosts PSG can hold their own against La Liga foes.