Paris Saint-Germain demolished Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie. PSG completely overran the Blaugrana, and the scoreline could have been even worse, but they still go into the second leg knowing no team has ever overcome that sort of deficit.
If anyone's going to do it though, it's probably Barcelona. A team with Messi, Suarez and Neymar can never be counted out, so PSG have a big task on their hands. What do they have to do to avoid being on the wrong side of history?
Don't sit back
PSG don't need to score, so the temptation to sit in and defend their lead may be tempting for the visitors. However, sitting deep and inviting Barcelona to attack is a recipe for disaster. PSG have a good defense, but giving Barça space to possess, play at their preferred pace and work the ball around in the attacking third at their leisure can only end badly.
They need to attack from the first whistle. Also, if they do score then Barcelona need to score six.
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Keep the pressure on Barcelona's midfield
In the opening fixture, PSG absolutely dominated Barça in midfield. They were more athletic, they worked harder, and they were just better than their counterparts in every single way. To pull the second leg out, PSG will have to do the same thing they did in the first leg; dominate in midfield and constrict the supply to Barcelona's wildly dangerous front three. Press hard from the start.
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Avoid giving up an early goal
Barcelona will probably score against PSG. They're simply too good to keep off the scoresheet for long, and odds are, needing four goals, they're going to get at least a couple.
Easier said than done, but an early goal will give Barcelona confidence, momentum, and get the crowd on their side. The longer PSG can hold out, the better.
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PSG can't afford to waste chances against Barcelona. The home team will be primed to take it to them, and opportunities will likely be at a premium. An away goal would just about assure their passage to the next round, but they'll have to be up to the task to make sure they don't spurn their chance to secure victory.
Don't alter the gameplan with a goal
No matter who scores first, PSG shouldn’t panic. If they’re fortunate enough to grab the opener, it’s still imperative that they continue to press Barcelona’s back line and harry them in midfield. If Barcelona manage to score first, and even worse, if they manage to score early, the same logic still stands though. Changing things up and going defensive isn’t the way to close this one out, and a goal for either side won’t change that. They're up four, don't let one shake things.