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Champions League: Di Maria stars as brilliant PSG stun Barcelona

Champions League: Di Maria stars as brilliant PSG stun Barcelona

"They were superior to us from the start". However I still fancy Barca to win the second leg at home to PSG but at 4-0, they've probably given themselves too much to do to book a place in the quarter finals.

This time, the hosts, who were without injured captain and defensive stalwart Thiago Silva, succeeded in containing the Barcelona attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez.

Ramos hobbled off the pitch with 19 minutes to go in the match against Napoli, but is expected to be fit for the second leg of the round of 16 tie on 7 March.

PSG back Thomas Meunier said di Maria hated being on the bench and hailed di Maria's game against Bordeaux as "an Angel who has gone through a metamorphosis".

The expectation was that Barcelona would come out fighting after the restart but instead they fell further behind in the 55th minute to a piece of brilliance from Di Maria. Being out in the January cold jolted di Maria into action.

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But Unai Emery again showcased his managerial prowess on the European stage, after winning three consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla before joining PSG last summer. He wants every player to take care of his own space and press from that position. "It is an important moment in the season because it is the Champions League which is a very clear objective for the club and it is against Barcelona".

This is the seventh time Barcelona have faced PSG since 2013. We heard people talk about 'could they last throughout the 90 minutes.' They lasted throughout it and more. He has excellent technique and an eye for goal, having scored five in nine games since joining after a frustrating spell with German club Wolfsburg, where he failed to score in 14 games this season.

Emery was brought to the French capital a year ago 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.

With PSG looking strong in the Champions League, Verratti may feel the French giants can lift the trophy this year.

"The only feeling I have is that the team produced a massive effort against the great Barca", Emery said after the triumph. It was a disastrous night for us in which we were clearly inferior. The team looked uninterested and displayed no goal.

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