Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

Thiago Silva out of PSG v Barcelona

Verratti back to boost PSG against old foes Barca Thiago Silva out of PSG v Barcelona
Jan Ortega | 15 February, 2017, 06:29

After a hard start to the season, punctuated by four league defeats away from home, PSG's players are thriving under Emery and the side is undefeated in the last 11 games - the same as Barcelona. The Spaniard replaced Laurent Blanc over the summer after guiding Sevilla to three straight Europa League titles, and Luis Enrique rates him as "one of the best coaches" he has faced. The Barcelona shoulders started drooping at that point and the Parc des Princes crowd roared in ecstacy.

His opposite number Luis Enrique said that Emery's experience could help the French champions.

It was all too easy for Paris Saint-Germain as they saw off Spanish giant Barcelona in their first leg round of 16 tie 4-0.

The Ligue 1 champions host the Catalan side for the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie tonight, off the back of a 3-0 win over Bordeaux on Friday. PSG's European ambitions seemed set to be derailed for another season.

'They have a new coach, they changed many things, I don't know if we'll be favourites. It was an opportunity his side seized on Tuesday night.

Angel Di Maria opened the scoring for the French side with a wonderful freekick in the 18th minute after Julian Draxler was hacked down by Samuel Umtiti.

Pochettino played for PSG between 2001 and 2003, becoming captain during that period.

They are now staring at a first exit from the competition before the quarter-finals in a decade, unless they can pull off a miraculous escape in the second leg at the Camp Nou next month. The defeat could easily have been heavier.

"The tactic is to prevent the ball getting to him".

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Neymar was Barcelona's brightest attacker and he created a chance for André Gomes.

But Emery had emphasised that it would be the players, not the systems, which would determine the outcome. "But personal duels will be key".

Despite spending big money on star players, PSG has yet to make a splash in the Champions League.

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.

Get live goal updates and match facts of PSG vs Barcelona from the Official twitter of FC Barcelona. Mid pitch will be under control of Matuidi, Rabiot and Verratti.

Midfielder Sergio Busquets echoed his boss, adding: "The were better than us".

Barca showed a few signs of recovery early in the second period but di Maria again found the net to quell any thoughts of a comeback.

"Barcelona are not so strong when they don't have the ball", the former Manchester United attacker had said in the build-up. Paris SG eliminated Barcelona only once in the European cup so far.

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