Paris St-Germain v Barcelona
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 15, 2017,
Feb 15, 2017, 9:38
In two of the last four seasons, PSG has lost to Barca in the quarterfinals without winning a game.
The surprise was it took 18 minutes for the home side to gain reward for their dominance, and what a strike it was by Angel di Maria, curling a free-kick over the wall after Draxler was torpedoed on the right edge off the box.
With this emphatic win, PSG have put themselves in an outstanding position to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League.
PSG's Edinson Cavani celebrates after the Champion's League round of 16, first leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.
Barcelona will testify to that, after the five-time European champion was swept aside 4-0 by PSG in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 match on Tuesday.
Regardless of how Emery's work at PSG so far is viewed, he has undeniably achieved one major breakthrough in getting a tune out of Edinson Cavani, who is arguably in the best form of his life. Guedes in ineligible for the knockout stage, but Draxler should start up front for PSG with Cavani and Di Maris against Barcelona.
"It is hard. They were superior to us from the start".
Messi, one of the best players of all time and a five-time Golden Ball victor, did nothing.
"It was a disastrous night for us in which we were clearly inferior".
"If you compare PSG to before, they are better organized in terms of their attack and more aggressive", Luis Enrique said at pre-game news conference on Monday.
The young Basque earned the reputation as one of the top coaches in La Liga, but his first season in France hasn't been easy one.
Lucas, 23, also pointed to the attacking danger posed by his compatriot Neymar, who has 10 goals and 15 assists in 28 appearances in all competitions this season.
The noise level at Parc des Princes reached deafening proportions as the home fans watched in nearly stunned disbelief as Barcelona cracked under waves of incessant pressure.
We've looked at several Barcelona games, but we have our own collective identity which should allow us to have a good tie as a team and as individuals.
Asked if PSG will change their tactics for the second leg, he promptly replied, "I'm very cautious with the next game".