Wednesday UCL Preview: Barcelona need a miracle against PSG, Dortmund host Benfica

Barcelona look to become the first team ever in Champions League history to recover from a 4-0 deficit and book their place in the quarter-finals, when they welcome PSG to the Nou Camp.

Angel Di Maria scored twice as the French champions stunned Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg with Edinson Cavani and Julian Draxler also on target to leave the Catalans on the verge of their earliest Champions League exit in ten years.

PSG celebrate after a famous win over Barcelona
image: indianexpress.com

It was a night to forget for Luis Enrique’s side as they look to become the first team in Champions League history to overturn a four-goal deficit and the first team to do so in European football since 1986.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique does not want his players to dwell on their embarrassing first leg defeat and will settle for nothing less from his players than the belief that they can still rescue this tie.

“The result in the first leg was very clear,” said the 46-year-old.

“However, this is a knockout tie and we’re only at half-time. Over 95 minutes, an infinite number of things can happen. Hopefully they will all be positive for us.

“I have been convinced for a couple of weeks that there will be a stage in the game where we will be close to achieving what we need. If a team can score four against us, then we can score six against them.

PSG head into the second leg on a 16-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, but boss Unai Emery knows his side will be in for a tough game at the Nou Camp.

“We need to keep our usual philosophy,” said the former Sevilla gaffer.

“I have the same confidence in my team as before the first leg and the same respect for Barcelona.  Our only thought is to play the way we did in the first leg. We need to be ready to do everything: defend, attack, play together, cope when they are dominating and make them suffer.

“We need to win our one on ones and on a collective level get the upper hand. That is why we want to carry on where we left off in Paris. There is pressure of course, because what will be different is that Barca will have the fans behind them.”

No team has come from 4-0 down to win a knockout tie in the Champions League
image: bbc.co.uk

Team News

Barcelona have no fresh injury concerns since their embarrassing 4-0 defeat to the French champions in the first leg with Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez all set to start for the Catalans.

Defender Jeremy Mathieu and right-back Aleix Vidal remained sidelined for Barcelona having missed the trip to Paris, with both men suffering with ankle injuries.

PSG have star player Angel Di Maria fit and ready to start at the Nou Camp, with the former Real Madrid midfielder passed fit to play after muscular problems.

Fellow midfielders Adrien Rabiot and Thiago Motta have also been passed fit to be included in the squad for the second leg, having overcome illness and calf concerns respectively.

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