Champions League Digne backs Barcelona's 'MSN' to outgun PSG once more

  • Champions League Digne backs Barcelona's 'MSN' to outgun PSG once more

Champions League Digne backs Barcelona's 'MSN' to outgun PSG once more

PSG's high command believed that, without Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani would finally shine as an attacking terminus and, without Blanc, the team would be tactically savvier and more professional.

It means Barcelona is likely on its way out of the Champions League.

PSG is now on a four-game winning streak, but Barca is also unbeaten in 11 and has won eight of those, and Lucas believes the hosts are the underdogs. I am confident in my players' ability, I can see they are motivated. Barcelona was supposed to be the favorite in the Round of 16 match, but the night turned into a damage limitation exercise, the way it does when weak sides are totally outclassed.

Barcelona must make Champions League history in order to reach the quarter-finals of the competition following a humbling 4-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. "I carry the responsibility, but we need to be positive, have confidence in the team, and confidence in our own ability". The Nerazzurri's new cash-rich owners, the Suning group, are aiming for a major squad rebuilding at the club and are ready to sanction several big name moves to get them back to competing for major silverware.

PSG captain Thiago Silva is suffering from "a persistent left calf problem" and will miss tomorrow's Champions League last 16 first leg against Barcelona. In the last five seasons, Barca have won five, drawn two and lost six of their away knockout games in this competition with only three clean sheets kept in that period. They've been sleepwalking their way to results which isn't what we usually expect from Bayern.

Emery struck a bullish note as he looked ahead to Tuesday's clash: "We have the quality to beat Barcelona".

Barcelona warmed up for the trip to the French capital by thrashing Alaves 6-0 at the weekend.

Barcelona are without three first-team players in Javier Mascherano, Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan. "We don't feel inferior to anyone", Emery said.

Emery sent his team out to strangle their ball-playing opponents. I think they are more structured now. They're capable of scoring goals in bursts and the Camp Nou can be an intimidating place to visit, but PSG will not be daunted after trampling over the La Liga giants throughout this one-sided tussle.