PSG masterclass leaves Barça, Enrique searching for answers
Barcelona were beaten all ends up by Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday night and need to score four without letting their opponents breach their defence in the return leg at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona produced an incredible comeback to beat PSG 6-1 at the Camp Nou and qualify for the quarter-finals 6-5 on aggregate.
PSG destroy Barcelona
As Champions League football returned to out lives on Tuesday night, Luis Enrique's hopes of landing a second Champions League looked to have gone out of the window with a 4-0 annihilation at the hands of a tactical-savvy PSG side at the Parc des Princes.
Luis Enrique was handed a blow when Aleix Vidal, who had made the right-back position his own in recent weeks, was ruled out for five months with a dislocated ankle. Most of the speculation surrounded how Sergi Roberto would cope as his replacement, but Barcelona were opened up time and time again by an excellent PSG side on their way to a bruising 4-0 win. So much so that Luis Enrique has more than just Sergi Roberto to worry about. His midfield was sluggish and were picked off several times throughout the ninety, his front three failed to combine in any meaningful way and Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti were caught out of position so often that it looked, at times, like PSG were playing with an extra attacker (or three).
It's raining goals
Angel di Maria opened the scoring with a curling free-kick after 18 minutes when Umtiti was turned by Julian Draxler and he pulled him down. This came after PSG had already spurned a number of good chances. The omens, it seemed, were good for the hosts. PSG were not finished, however, and with five minutes to go before half-time and with Barcelona begging for a reprieve, Draxler struck beyond Ter Stegen to double their lead after a smart ball from Veratti to put him through.
Luis Enrique left things as they were to start the second half but as soon as things got underway, it was clear that Unai Emery's men were not for stopping. If anything, the two first half goals emboldened them and once they saw Barça recoil, they attacked.
Di Maria at the double
Angel di Maria made it three to the delight of the Parc des Princes crowd when he gave Iniesta a little shimmy of the hips and curled another one, this time to the right, around the helpless German in Barça's goals.
Relentless PSG continued to attack and Edinson Cavani got in on the act when he drove beyond Ter Stegen to make it four and make it an almost impossible task for Barcelona in the return leg. No team has ever come back from a 4-0 deficit in the first leg to advance to the next stage in the Champions League.
Luis Enrique has the odds stacked against him, must return to Spain where every league game is a must win, and has to find answers to some very puzzling questions or face a last 16 exit and, possibly, the end of the road for him at Barcelona.
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