Di Maria scores 2 as PSG batters Barcelona 4-0 in ECL
15 February, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Douglas Reid
Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria and their Paris Saint-Germain teammates were in the mood for love, and goals, Tuesday.
The Catalans were amongst the favourites to win the Champions League this season and yet they were completely blown away by PSG in the first leg of the round of 16 clash.
"It is an important moment in the season because it is the Champions League which is a very clear objective for the club and it is against Barcelona".
However, PSG doubled their lead five minutes before the break as Marco Verratti regained possession from Lionel Messi, before picking out Julian Draxler, who fired into the far corner.
"We want to be playing against the best teams in Europe and the world. And of course, PSG", he told SFR Sport.
At kick-off, the Parc des Princes was pulsing with anticipation and PSG flew out of the traps, putting Barcelona under pressure high up the pitch to disrupt their rhythm.
Cristiano Ronaldo has won three of the past four, drawing within one of Messi; you wonder if there's at least one household in suburban Madrid where you'll hear the sound of champagne being uncorked if PSG upend Barcelona. Thomas Meunier surged forward from right-back and set up Cavani, who thumped home his 34th goal of the season in all competitions.
Barcelona were stunned at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night in what must go down as one of their worst performances in the Champions League in recent memory. It's fair to say no one saw that coming.
"They have top quality players; they made some good signings in January", Gomes said.
Meanwhile, first choice centre-back pairing Gerard Pique - who is 30 now - and Samuel Umtiti have been going great guns in the heart of the Barcelona defence, but Marquinhos would represent a viable long-term replacement for the Spaniard who can gradually be eased out by Luis Enrique.
The game's next opportunity came for PSG after Draxler drove past Roberto before attempting to beat Ter Stegen at his near post, but the Barcelona goalkeeper made another smart save to prevent a second goal.
Elsewhere, the positive news for the PSG boss was the return of Pastore, although the Argentine star will surely start the game against Barcelona on the bench.
The Ligue 1 champions are also without Thiago Motta, the former Barcelona midfielder, through suspension and so Unai Emery will have to remodel the spine of his side.
The talismanic trio - Messi, Neymar and Suarez - were mostly shackled.
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