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Below-par Barcelona on the brink as PSG run riot

Below-par Barcelona on the brink as PSG run riot

Former Sevilla coach Unai Emery, a three-time Europa League victor, was appointed to improve upon PSG's record in the Champions League and the Spaniard has them on course for the quarterfinals courtesy of two goals in each half from a side playing without the influence and experience of Thiago Silva and Thiago Motta.

Emery has won just one of 23 games against Barcelona during coaching spells with Almería, Valencia, Spartak Moscow and Sevilla.

Emery's PSG are second in Ligue 1, which might not seem disastrous until you consider that, at the same stage last season under Laurent Blanc, they had 14 more points.

"It's always a great privilege to contest a match like this", Emery said of the PSG vs Barcelona tie. "We don't feel inferior to anyone".

"We have some important players who want to make history with PSG". His midfield trio gave the others the energy they needed to ensure that Barcelona did not have many chances.

Barca advanced on the away goals rule in 2013 and beat PSG 3-1 and 2-0 two years ago. "We need to win something in Europe".

While Dani Alves was hardly the world's most accomplished full-back in the traditional sense, he more than made up for it by using attack as his best form of defence. "It'll be hard for us - but also hard for them", he said. I spent almost three years there.

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However, the first three seasons at the Parc des Princes saw Marquinhos being rotated a lot, and being used as both a centre-back and a right-back, albeit without getting regular game time.

But Lucas told AP, "No team is unbeatable, but of course for me they are the favorites. In football, nothing is impossible".

PSG managed to see off any late surge from Luis Enrique's charges, as they take a very health four-goal lead to the Camp Nou.

Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi have all been kept quiet by an inspirational display from PSG.

Barcelona's Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes, however, cautioned that the French champions have quality throughout the team.

The Spanish champions went within a whisker of grabbing an away goal six minutes from time as Ivan Rakitic's corner was headed back across the six-yard box by Gerard Pique, but Umtiti hit the left post from close range pressure from Layvin Kurzawa. "We will play to our strengths and not try to imitate Atletico (Madrid), for example".


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