Champions League: Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain - predicted starting line-ups & Opta stats
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 08, 2017,
Mar 08, 2017, 16:37
If the French Champions score in the Camp Nou Stadium Barca would need to score six times in order to bring about the miracle, and although Angel Di Maria is struggling to be fully fit, that is a huge ask for Luis Enrique's men.
The Blues' 3-1 defeat in Naples had cost Andre Villas-Boas but back at Stamford Bridge, Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard sent the game into extra-time - with Gokhan Inler making it 3-1 - before Branislav Ivanovic secured a 4-1 win.
The first leg, Barcelona were out of form despite results and the future of Luis Enrique was weighing down on the players.
PSG certainly made the most of it in the first game with Julian Draxler in particular running wild.
They do have some kind of chance, though, purely thanks to the presence of Lionel Messi, whose performance against Celta Vigo on Saturday, featuring two brilliant goals and two assists, was among the very best of his extraordinary career. To do that, they will have to be flawless in the defence, smart and aggressive in the middle, and ruthless in the attack.
No side has ever progressed through a knockout tie after losing their first-leg match by four goals or more in the competition's history but can Barcelona be the first?
"It is very hard to recover from 4-0, but with a player like Messi nothing is impossible", Braida added.
"If there is a team capable of scoring four goals, it is Barcelona". We will do everything to show another image and show people the real Barcelona.
But the round of 16 encounter continues on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 as Spanish side Barcelona will aim to overturn their first leg embarrassing 4-0 defeat in France against PSG. "We need our players to be at 100 percent, or close to it, for this game". If a team can overcome such a score, it is Barca.
"We're going to risk everything, we want to create an atmosphere in which the fans will help us even more than they normally do".
There is still hope for Barcelona in the Champions League. They scored three goals in Besiktas and two goals at both Dynamo Kiev and Napoli, which suggests they could get an away goal in this match.