History not on PSG’s side as Luís Enrique’s men look to overturn Champions League deficit

Paris Saint-Germain will head to Catalunya with hope next week, despite a 3-2 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final. PSG themselves have been on the receiving end of a remontada, the most iconic one in the history of Europe’s most prestigious club competition. They now have to pull off one of their own. 

Les Parisiens came off worse for wear in a topsy-turvy tie at the Parc des Princes on Wendesday. The Catalan club took the lead through Raphinha but two quickfire goals from Ousmane Dembélé and Vitinha turned the game on its head early in the second half. However, a poor performance from Gianluigi Donnarumma gave Barcelona a route back into the tie. 

His poor pass allowed Barcelona to win the ball back in a dangerous position and Raphinha netted his second of the night to level the scores before Andreas Christensen then gave the La Liga side the victory. It means that PSG head to Spain with a deficit to make up and history is certainly not on their side. 

No French club has ever overturned a deficit when losing the first leg at home in the Champions League. It is Les Parisiens’ first defeat in an official match since defeat to AC Milan on 7th November 20203 – and it could be a costly one.

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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