PSG's Emery knows how to cause us problems, says Barca coach

PSG's Emery knows how to cause us problems, says Barca coach

PSG's Emery knows how to cause us problems, says Barca coach

Beaten by Barcelona in the quarter-finals in both 2013 and 2015, PSG were determined not to fall to them at the last-16 stage here and produced their performance of the season, playing with greater intensity, skill and goal than the visitors.

"They are world-class players", Luis Enrique said of PSG's front three. "They were superior to us from the start". 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.

Neymar was Barcelona's brightest attacker and he created a chance for André Gomes.

Despite an outlay totalling hundreds of millions of euros, PSG are yet to break the glass ceiling of the last eight in the Champions League since owners Qatar Sports Investments took control of the club six years ago. No team has ever come back from a four-goal deficit in the first leg to qualify for the next round in the Champions League.

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G Khris Middleton , playing his fourth game back since coming back from a torn hamstring, finished with a season-high 11 points. Antetokounmpo had gone scoreless to that point but finally snapped out of his drought with six in the quarter.

Arsenal fans were left to rue the fact that Arsene Wenger missed out on long-term Gunners target Julian Draxler, who performed admirably against Barca after joining the club from Wolfsburg last month, while Angel Di Maria marked his 29th birthday with two goals.

There was an element of surprise in PSG's favor, too, with Barcelona's back four unsure how to defend against the trio.

But the former Gunners defender was quick to heap necessary praise on PSG, who appeared to have finally found the formula in European football that they have been searching for for years.

Di Maria scored twice, with Cavani and Draxler getting one goal each - quite an impact in their first European match together.

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However, just seven munites after that stop, PSG were ahead as Angel Di Maria curled a handsome strike into the top right corner from a free kick.

"Satisfaction for a coach is very short-lived and I respect the great team that Barcelona are".

Barca knocked PSG out of the quarter-finals in 2013 and 2015, but Luis Enrique warned that the French champions are now "more structured".

Only Lionel Messi (10) has scored more goals in the Champions League this season than Edinson Cavani (seven). 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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