Barcelona Need Footballing Gods To Shine On Them If They Are To Avoid Early Exit From Champions League
Barcelona re looking to create history as they look to overturn a four goal deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 round of the Champions League.
The Catalan giants suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of the reigning French champions in the first leg of the last 16 fixture.
The defeat they suffered in Paris on a night which sent shockwaves through the club and arguably brought forward the news of coach Luis Enrique’s departure at the end of the season.
That announcement came a week ago following a 6-1 thrashing of Sporting Gijon, but it seems to have had little impact on the players who then defeated Celta Vigo 5-0 on Saturday night.
Those two results have lifted morale around the club and the Catalan press are talking about nothing other than fighting back against the PSG, but the fact is that Wednesday presents a totally different challenge given Barca’s lack of an away goal.
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.
PSG coach Unai Emery had clearly worked out a plan with his side three weeks ago and once again the French side will look to asphyxiate Barca as they try to play the ball from the back, knowing that any robbed possession will set them up on the break.
Luis Enrique, who was criticized for his lack of a plan in Paris, made few concessions to Wednesday night at the weekend, playing his strongest side against Celta and the only change likely is the introduction of Andres Iniesta for Ivan Rakitic.
It is a huge task for Barcelona and an early goal for PSG would rapidly pinch their bubble, but morale is high and if Iniesta, Messi, Neymar and company have a good night and the crowd gets behind them, there could still be a long way to go in the tie.