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PSG should underestimate Barcelona at their own peril

Saturday 18th February 2017
Much has been made of the humiliating defeat the mighty Barcelona suffered at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain just a few days ago. The 4-0 margin has been deemed to be too much for Barcelona to usurp but still, PSG shouldn't count their chickens until they are hatched.
Horrible - The term perfectly used to describe how bad Barcelona were at the Parc des Princes. The Catalans were mercilessly swatted aside by a rampant PSG side who were seemingly out for blood.

Prior to the humiliating defeat, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique spoke of how the French side is a lot different from the one they faced some two years ago. I'm sure when he said that, he wasn't expecting to leave Paris with a red face.

Nevertheless, all hope is not lost for the Blaugrana. Yes, a 4-0 deficit has never been overturned by any side in the history of the competition, but if there is any side that can do that, it is Barcelona.

The Catalans, by their high standards, are not having a good season but yet they have been able to put 4 or more goals past their opponents on thirteen separate occasions this term.

The most recent of which was the 6-0 drubbing they dished out to Alaves in the La Liga. Alaves, you'd remember, is the same side that shocked the Spanish champions with a 2-1 win at Camp Nou earlier in the season.

The fact that Barcelona became nullified by the French champions doesn't change the fact that they possess the most fearsome strikeforce in all of Europe.

PSG did an awesome job of keeping the South Americans quiet on the night but that doesn't mean it's all over. On their day, Messi, Neymar and Suarez, on their own, can wreak havoc against any team on the planet. The game at Paris might not have been an eventful one for them, but playing in their own backyard, they can have no excuse for not turning up.

Barcelona are more than likely to have the lion's share of possession at home. For PSG, the game plan will surely be to keep a clean slate at least until the half-time break whilst also trying to hit Barca on the counter. I believe the half-time scoreline in the second leg of this clash is going to be absolutely crucial in determining which of these two teams progresses into the quarterfinal of the competition.

For example: If Barcelona were to go into the half-time interval with a 3-0 lead, the Barcelona faithful, who will constitute the vast majority of spectators in the stadium, would become more boisterous sensing their side could do what more others have deemed 'impossible', the players of PSG will begin to panic and concern will be written all over the faces of the Parisians fans who made the trip to Catalonia.

Also, you'd imagine a 1-0 reverse scoreline at half time will utterly silence the Camp Nou and at that point, the Barcelona players themselves might as well have given up any previous hope they had of getting a result.

Notwithstanding, they both still have 90 minutes of football ahead of them and if Barcelona were able to ship in 4 goals without reply in 90 Minutes, I see no reason why they can't do the reverse within the same amount of time. Besides that, PSG should know it's not over till it's over or they'd be the ones left with a red face.
Adoyi Joshua Adoyi

Adoyi is a Nigerian with a keen passion for sports  - more so football and is an avid supporter of Manchester United. He spends his weekends glued to his TV screen, watching the beautiful game.


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