Barcelona-Paris St-Germain preview: Luis Enrique is convinced PSG can come from behind

Brazilian winger Raphinha scored Barcelona’s opener in their 3-2 first-leg victory at Paris St-Germain.

Paris St-Germain coach Luis Enrique believes his side are in an excellent position to overcome their first-leg deficit against Barcelona and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

“PSG never came back to win after losing the first leg, but (Tuesday) is the big day,” Luis Enrique said.

“We have a very united group of players, in which there are no egos.”

Enrique won the treble in 2014-15, one of his three seasons as Barcelona coach.

He was also in charge when the Spanish champions beat PSG 6-1 to overturn a 4-0 first-leg defeat in the last 16 in 2017.

Five-time winners Barcelona are aiming to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in five years.

“We are not a team that is going to stay ahead, we want to take the ball away from PSG and win the game,” said manager Xavi.

“It’s the Champions League, it’s Paris and a match where no one holds back.”

Barcelona will be without Andreas Christensen and Sergio Roberto, both of whom are suspended.

PSG right-back Achraf Hakimi could return after being suspended from the first leg.



  • Paris St-Germain have faced Barcelona (14 times) more than any other opponent in European competitions. PSG’s record against the Spanish champions is 4 wins, 4 draws and 6 defeats.
  • There have been 127 occasions where a team suffered a 3-2 home defeat in the first leg of a UEFA knockout tie. Only six recovered to progress.
  • Xavi and Luis Enrique were teammates for Barcelona and Spain. Luis Enrique’s first season as Barca coach was Xavi’s final campaign at the club as a player (2014/15), with the club winning the treble of the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey.


  • Barcelona have only progressed in two of their last seven Champions League quarter-finals: 5-1 on aggregate for Luis Enrique’s Barça against PSG in 2014/15 and 4-0 on aggregate against Manchester United in 2018 /19.
  • Barcelona have only lost the first leg in one of their 17 Champions League home-and-away quarter-finals (W12, D4, L1), a 2-1 defeat after extra time against Juventus in the return match 2002/03 (Barça’s goal was scored). by Xavi).
  • Barcelona progressed from 11 Champions League knockout matches and recorded an away win in the first leg.

Paris Saint Germain

  • PSG (three) falls short of equaling Monaco (four) as the French club having played in the most Champions League semi-finals.
  • PSG have not been knocked out of a Champions League quarter-final since a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Manchester City in 2015/16.
  • PSG have progressed from three of their seven Champions League quarter-finals, including their last two: 2-1 against Atalanta and on away goals against Bayern Munich in 2020/21.

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