Can Barcelona still qualify for the UCL quarter-final?

Can Barcelona still qualify for the UCL quarter-final?

Barcelona were humiliated against PSG in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night in which they lost 4 - 0 thanks to a double from Angel Di Maria and strikes from Julian Draxler and Edison Cavani.

Can Barcelona still qualify for the UCL quarter-final?

Di Maria opens the scoring against Barcelona via a free-kick as Messi looks on

Luis Enrique's men were thoroughly outplayed by the Ligue 1 champions and his frustrations boiled over in his post mach interview where he clashed with a journalist.

How did PSG win?

PSG coach Unai Emery set up his team to press Barcelona's midfield pass masters, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Andre Gomes and main attacking Lionel Messi stifling them for time on the ball.

It is a risky tactic which PSG were lucky worked for them.

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What's up with Barcelona players and Luis Enrique?

The body language of many of the players and the decision to drop Ivan Rakitic has made many suggest not all is well in the Barcelona dressing room.

More so reports today claimed senior players at Barcelona are not confident their coach can motivate the team, are burdened by his tactics and want a change in coach.

Can Barcelona still qualify for the UCL quarter-final?

Luis Enrique

What are the stakes for Barcelona?

A 4 - 0 defeat means the Catalans need a monumental performance to overcome PSG but the Parisians are no ordinarry club and they are one of the biggest and richest clubs in the world brimming with confidence and world class talent.

Can Barcelona stil qualify?

No side has ever turned round a 4+ goal deficit to progress in a Champions League knockout tie.

Barca faced 10 shots on target vs PSG – their joint-highest in a Champions League match since 2003-04 (also vs Bayer Leverkusen in December 2015).

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).

Verdict?

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.

All so the off the ball movement of Cavani is a huge plus for the club against Samuel Umtiti and Pique who are not your most mobile attackers.

Can Barcelona still qualify for the UCL quarter-final?

Cavani celebrates his goal against Barcelona

For this writer, except a miracle happens and PSG suffer an injury crises, the Parisians will qualify ahead of Barcelona.

Source: Sports.naija.ng

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