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Barcelona Vs Paris Saint-Germain preview

Barcelona could be making history if they manage to come over the record European defeat of 4-0 against Paris Saint-Germain. FC Barcelona still have hope if they can repeat their wins against their French opponents as they did in 2013 and 2015. But it will surely be a tough one for them this time. The challenge of Barcelona looks even harder as the star-studded team of PSG are coming in full strength.

Adrian Rabiot, who was instrumental in winning the midfield battle in the first leg is returning, and he seems to be in a stellar form for the second leg of the Champions League around. He will most likely try to press Barca's players once again on the pitch, just as he did in the French capital. The visitors will most probably rely on finding the back of the net with more counter attacks, as Barcelona looks set to play an offensive match to try and make up for the away deficit of 4-0.

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Thiago Motta, the PGS midfielder and ex-Barcelona player will most likely miss the upcoming match due to injury. Unai Emery, the French team's coach, lately said that this team had put in a lot of effort, and that it paid off against Barcelona in the first leg. He praised all his players for their ability to respond and great talent during the match. However, in the dressing room, he also made it clear that they still had 90 minutes to go, and knows that they might probably suffer during this time if they do not remain as consistent as they were in the first leg.

Meanwhile, Luiz Enrique, the Camp Nou coach revealed that they are going to try until their last breath to get back into the tie against PSG. His team had a great build-up before the second leg, where they won 6-1 and 5-0 respectively in league games. He has faith that they can get back into contention. But still, Barcelona will need to make history to continue their nine-year consecutive run of attaining the Champions League quarter finals.

Under the management of their current coach, Barcelona has won all 14 of their home match in the Champions league. Now the question remains if they will keep their clean sheet of home victory. It is good to note that no club has ever come back from a first leg 4-0 away deficit in the Champions league knockout round. The only time Paris Saint-Germain was able to eliminate Barca in the UEFA Champions league was in 94/95 quarter-finals. Since then, Barcelona has twice beaten PSG in the knockout games.

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