They are also a formidable proposition at the Parc des Princes, having lost just once there in Europe in the last decade, albeit that was against Barcelona two years ago. “It was a wonderful display, fully deserved”, said Di Maria, who is getting back to his best since Draxler joined form Vfl Wolfsburg last month.
Luis Enrique has the odds stacked against him, must return to Spain where every league game is a must win, and has to find answers to some very puzzling questions or face a last 16 exit and, possibly, the end of the road for him at Barcelona. Never say never, The football world might want that but I think Messi is now happy in Barcelona.
Di Maria then netted his second and PSG’s third with a curling effort from the edge of the box before top goalscorer Edinson Cavani rounded off the scoring with a fourth.
Meanwhile, Iniesta also refused to single out his manager directly, but again insisted that the lack of football was the main reason to explain Barcelona’s heavy defeat at PSG. Angel Di Maria was the one to bring the first goal and managed to do it in a great manner. The result positions PSG to advance to the quarterfinals, but the French side still must finish the job when it visits Barcelona on March 8 in the second leg.
Despite missing ten games with a hamstring injury, the midfielder has played 24 times in all competitions, scoring two goals and providing three assists.
“We know we will suffer in Barcelona, we know it will be a long 90 minutes”.
No team have ever overcome a four-goal deficit from the first leg in a Champions League tie.
Angel di Maria, who played for Real Madrid from 2010 to 2014, was nearly always lining up against probably the best club team of the last decade.
It takes a very special performance to beat the Spanish giants who possess arguably the best attacking trio on the planet in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
This is the seventh time Barcelona have faced PSG since 2013.
Failure to truly make a mark in the Champions League has been a sticking point for PSG’s fans and detractors, and especially the club’s Qatari owners.
Marco Verratti has insisted his future is with Paris Saint-Germain after a wonderful performance against Barcelona in the Champions League.