Champions League: PSG face daunting Barcelona visit

They did everything well, in attack, defence, pressing, they played with character and brought the ball out from the back well.

That second leg match will hold at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, March 8.

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

Celebrating his 29th birthday, Di Maria scored his second of the night in stunning fashion from the edge of the box after 55 minutes.

PSG pressured Barcelona throughout the opening minutes but only made it pay from the set piece, when Di Maria lined up a 20-yard free kick and blasted it through the Barcelona wall.

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.

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".

Di Maria forced Lucas out of the starting line-up for the Barcelona game and received a standing ovation from the Parc des Princes crowd when he left in the 61st minute. And like Lalas said, if only PSG have been able to do that, it's probably only right that we give them some credit.

Despite missing ten games with a hamstring injury, the midfielder has played 24 times in all competitions, scoring two goals and providing three assists.

PSG kept Barcelona penned in their own end and the pressure led to defender Samuel Umtiti's fouling Draxler in the 18th minute.

Messi was virtually invisible on a terrible night for the Catalan giants and failed to touch the ball in the opponent's penalty area throughout the entire 90 minutes.

PSG are a big team as well of course and are aiming even higher, and while they're somehow not at the top of their domestic league at the moment, their ambitions were confirmed with an absolute pasting of Barcelona this week in the Round of 16. It's not easy to control Neymar, (Luis) Suarez and (Lionel) Messi but we managed it.

The current format of Europe's elite competition, coupled with the way the UEFA Champions League is drawn, sees many clubs paired together on a regular occasions during the knock out rounds.

"It was a disastrous night for us".