PSG defeat 'disastrous' for Barcelona - Luis Enrique

Barcelona are in good form after arriving in France off the back of an 11-match unbeaten run

Angel Di Maria scored a brilliant brace on his birthday as Paris Saint-Germain sensationally destroyed Barcelona 4-0 at the Parc des Princes in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday. It's a question of football, of being well positioned, of not being beaten.they beat us playing football.

Following the French giants' triumph, the Italy global said he is eager to remain at PSG and continue to play a role in their progression, per Mediaset Premium (h/t Goal's Sacha Pisani): "I'm pleased to attract interest from the big clubs, but I don't want to change".

In the 72nd minute Cavani got on the score sheet to make it 4-0 to PSG after feeding on a ideal through pass by Thomas Meunier.

Given the number of star players on the field and the history between these two European soccer superpowers, this matchup promises to be one of the most intriguing and attractive affairs in the Champions League round of 16.

Long-suffering PSG players and fans, so often at the receiving end against the Spanish giants, still could not believe the scoreline when they woke up on Wednesday. I do not think I have to explain much.

This was a night to remember for PSG boss Emery, who at the 24th attempt in his coaching career, found a way to beat Barcelona. "For me, he was truly extraordinary". When [Sergio] Busquets went to put him under pressure, he knew what to do each time.

"I'm very cautious with the next game".

Another former Barcelona figure, Marseille sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, was stunned by the result.

Speaking with RMC Sport, the former Spain global goalkeeper said he had expected a low-scoring Barca win. And like Lalas said, if only PSG have been able to do that, it's probably only right that we give them some credit.

What happened here was somewhat reminiscent of Barcelona's 4-0 loss to AC Milan in the 1994 final.

"This was supposed to be a balanced encounter".

Neymar scoring at the weekend is a boost as he's been pretty poor, so the three amigos will be up for this and I'm expecting plenty of goals. This is the beauty of knockout-round matches. Enrique has been accused of being over-reliant on his front three but central midfield is where they were really hurt last night. We are getting there gradually and moving forward - this was a tough game against one of the best teams in the world, so we did a great job.

"If there is a team capable of this sort of feat, then it is perhaps Barcelona", Zubizarreta said.

"He added: To do that on my birthday was incredible".

Digne was on the losing side when Barca propelled themselves towards a fifth European Cup by sweeping aside PSG 5-1 on aggregate at the quarter-final stage two years ago. The second leg takes place on March 8th. However, he's never scored in 350 minutes of Champions League action against Barcelona.

Lizarazu did not hold back in dissecting Barca's demise in the French capital, labelling the effort produced by Luis Enrique's previously all-conquering team "terrible".

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