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

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

Barca have met PSG three times in the Champions League in recent seasons and knocked them out at each asking, but making it four in a row in the second leg at Camp Nou will require a monumental performance. Jordan Henderson was among those to defend the team at the time as he insisted that they were thanking the supporters rather than celebrating the result. 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.

Though he believes hearing about interest from big clubs is good, Verratti said that he delighted to be part of a "great project" and wants to help PSG become one of the top three teams in Europe.

Barcelona travel to France buoyed by a crushing 6-0 win at Alaves in La Liga at the weekend in which Luis Suarez scored twice.

Despite spending big money on star players, PSG has yet to make a splash in the Champions League.

No team has ever come back from an 0-4 first leg deficit in the history of European competitions, but we're still going to ask.... "I know that they are counting on me a lot, that I am one of the young players that could form the core for the future".

PSG's signing of Julian Draxler during the January transfer window has added an extra dimension to an attack already boasting the likes of Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Hatem Ben Arfa.

Cavani and di Maria both celebrated their birthdays Tuesday in a manner that will endear them to PSG fans for years to game.

Barcelona had a great season, but in this game something definitely went wrong.

"PSG played very well, Barcelona played very bad", he said.

Javier Pastore faces a late fitness test for PSG having recently returned from a knee injury, with coach Unai Emery saying the midfielder is not yet ready to play for a full 90 minutes.

Emery was brought to the French capital previous year as the successor to Laurent Blanc in order to help take PSG to the next level in Europe after four consecutive quarter-final exits in the Champions League. Trouble is, now that they're suddenly one of the favorites for the Champions League, Verratti sounds quite sold on the "project".

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