Barcelona set double negative record in PSG Champions League blow

Barcelona set double negative record in PSG Champions League blow

Angel Di Maria scored two superb goals and top scorer Edinson Cavani grabbed his 34th of a prolific season, with both players scoring on their birthdays as PSG battered Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their Round of 16 contest on Tuesday.

Senior figures in the Barcelona dressing room are reportedly "disillusioned" with manager Luis Enrique following the team's 4-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.

Di Maria hit a goal in each half on his 29th birthday and each time gave his traditional celebration, forming a heart with his hands.

The performance of Barcelona against PSG was dire, with the defence all over the place.

'Paris got the game plan spot on, they pressed well and high and when Barca pressed it didn't work because they were lethargic and walking, ' said Dixon.

Barcelona will want to press early to get the goals against PSG but like Di Maria and Draxler showed, PSG can counter-attack to understating effect.

How could Barcelona be 4-0 down after only the first leg?

After spending £600 million under new owners, signing multi-million dollar players and building a cash rich team, PSG were third time lucky against Barcelona in the knockout stages.

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With PSG looking strong in the Champions League, Verratti may feel the French giants can lift the trophy this year.

"There is still more to do at the Nou Camp", Di Maria added. There's very little to be optimistic about as a Barcelona fan or player, to put it bluntly.

I don't remember hearing Suarez mentioned much last night, Neymar made a few runs in the PSG half and Messi had an off night.

Paris St-Germain became the sixth team to score four goals in a Champions League game vs Barcelona (after Milan, Dynamo Kiev, Valencia, Chelsea and Bayern Munich).

A fine unstoppable free-kick from Angel Di-Maria in the 18th minute left Barca's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen rooted to the spot to open the floodgate.

"But PSG started the game with the intensity and the aggressiveness needed for a Champions League, whereas Barca played like it was a friendly game".

Greece global Mitroglou flicked the ball into the net to open the scoring in the 48th minute as Benfica, which has now not conceded a goal at home for 383 minutes, prevented the competition's best attack from scoring.