PSG dominated Barcelona on Tuesday in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg, as Angel Di Maria scored twice in a 4-0 victory. The French giants, who have had their fair share of trouble with Barca in recent editions of the competition, thoroughly outplayed the Spanish club from start to finish to secure the impressive yet mostly unexpected result.
With its high pressure confusing the Barca defense and its sound marking resulting in Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez doing next to nothing, the capital club has one foot in the quarterfinals after securing one of the biggest results in its history.
It means Barcelona is likely on its way out of the Champions League. Sure, this team can come back and do the same to PSG in the return leg, but it did nothing on Tuesday to show it could. PSG has to feel great about its chances of advancing.
“There a simple explanation,” Barca manager Luis Enrique said. “Our opponents were superior.”
No team has ever come back from 4-0 down in the aggregate score in Champions League history.
“It’s difficult to explain,” Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta said after the loss. “This is a competition with no margin for error.
“We had a bad day. We have to think of the return leg and turn it around on the scoreboard.”