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Champions League: FC Barcelona shocked after Paris Saint-Germain FC hammering

Champions League: FC Barcelona shocked after Paris Saint-Germain FC hammering”

The two European giants meet at the round-of-16 stage following PSG's second-placed finish in Group A behind Arsenal.

The only concern for home coach Unai Emery was the loss of the impressive Marco Verratti to a leg injury in the second half after the Italy global had put on a world class display with fellow midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

Beaten by Barcelona in the quarter-finals in both 2013 and 2015, PSG were determined not to fall to them at the last-16 stage here and produced their performance of the season, playing with greater intensity, skill and goal than the visitors.

PSG, eliminated by the Catalans in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2013 and 2015, were the more aggressive side at the Parc des Princes and have put themselves in a commanding position ahead of the March 8 second leg at the Camp Nou.

"Very honestly, I do not want to think about that".

"The only feeling I have is that the team had huge effort, and it paid off if we consider the great work of Barcelona", Emery said.

Di Maria forced Lucas out of the starting line-up for the Barcelona game and received a standing ovation from the Parc des Princes crowd when he left in the 61st minute.

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Edinson Cavani has scored six goals in as many games in the Champions League this season, which equals his best tally in the competition (6 in 2014/15). They did everything well, in attack, defence, pressing, they played with character and brought the ball out from the back well.

Already against Bordeaux last Friday, he scored one in the 3-0 win that kept PSG in the French title race against Monaco. I am sure that even Barcelona players would have sent a text to one of their ex-players if he did a number on Real Madrid.

Javier Mascherano and Arda Turan are sidelined too, although one man who could feature is Rafinha, who was named in the squad but will need a mask to protect a broken nose.

"We have good memories from this pitch, from this team but it was never easy", he told a news conference on Monday.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique will be glad to have two of his crucial pieces back in action, as both Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets are back in the fold following their recent battles with injuries.

Of coming up against Emery, he added: "He studies his opponents and has his own way of playing".



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