It was the eve of 18 May 1994 at the Athens Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece. Barcelona were favorites just like on the 14th of February 2017 at Paris, only before the French side had similar ideas like AC Milan as they repeated a score line delivered by the Italian side 23 years ago in the finals. This is third time ever the Catalonians had conceded four after Bayern had defeated them back in 2013. No team has ever made it back from being 4-0 down in a champion’s league fixture.
Although the fixture was supposed to be intriguing and exciting for everyone, we have laid down some crazy facts during the buildup of this fixture which lead to the disaster. PSG will visit Camp Nou next week for the second leg in Spain.
A Valentine’s Day victory would have just boosted the love among the citizens of Paris. How bad Barcelona was that night? Let’s start from here:
If anyone tells you they saw that coming, be sure to warn them that their pants are on fire… because they’re lying.
The fixture didn’t prove to be as tough enough as predicted. Nobody could have predicted that Barcelona would be torn apart in such a manner. The French champions absolutely tore down Barca into shreds, with Angel Di Maria scoring a brace while Draxler and Cavanni added a piece each to certify a comprehensive win.
Before the match, PSG manager Unai Emery had won just one of his 23 matches against Barcelona – a win rate of 4.3%.
Let’s just say that Unai’s spell with Sevilla FC helped him to stop Barcelona and had also made sure that his team doesn’t leave any chance for the second leg once they hit the ground running that night. A staggering 4-0 win has sealed it for them, unless some sort of a miracle takes place!
Both Di Maria (who turned 29) and Edinson Cavani (who turned 30) scored against Barca on their big day. Now this is crazy but they deserved it. Di Maria scored twice, dispatched the first through a free kick and a stunning strike from an open play in the second half.
Yes, indeed that is the number of teams who have made it back from being 4-0 down in a first leg. In the club’s entire 118-year history, they have never been able to come back from here in Europe.
Here is how the ex-Chelsea man reacted to the win:
— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) February 14, 2017
Accurate passes played by Lionel Messi – Two fewer than were played by the Barcelona keeper Marc Ter Stegen.
Where is Messi?
Number of touches Lionel Messi had in the PSG box at the Parc des Princes were also zero, which is quiet unbelievable!
Head coach Luis Enrique told Uefa.com: “The result reflects what happened out on the field. We were clearly second best.”
Midfielder Sergio Busquets echoed his boss, adding: “They were better than us. They played better, they were better tactically and they out-did us physically.”
Angel Di Maria was no doubt the star of the show.
Barcelona is left with a lot to do for the return leg. They have the advantage of being close to their fans this time around but PSG is not going to give away four goals and not score even one if they would play like that night. An early away goal the next week would surely bring tears for the Barca fans.