Twitter reacts to PSG dominating Barcelona

Unai Emery

In particular, Argentine star Angel Di Maria has been a big disappointment in his second season with just two goals in 20 games.

1 - PSG have lost only one of their last 42 home games in European competition (W26 D15), it came against Barcelona in April 2015 in the Champions League quarter-finals.

INCIDENTS: UEFA Champions League Last 16 First Leg between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

Thiago Motta is also ruled out through suspension, but the Spanish boss has recovered Javier Pastore ahead of the first leg of the Champions League last 16 clash, to be played at Parc des Princes.

Each has a Sao Paulo-born sidekick - Lucas Moura for PSG and Neymar for Barcelona - although, while the latter is an established superstar biding his time to take the baton from Lionel Messi, the former remains on the cusp of greatness.

"Against a team like that, you quite simply have to have a ideal match, playing your best soccer and giving your absolute all".

Draxler has been impressive so far, which is more than can be said for PSG's summer recruits. Who is better, PSG or Barcelona? It's the kind of win that can be a springboard for this developing side in their quest to be crowned kings of the continent for the first time.

Blaise Matuidi and Adrien Rabiot combined for one of the most effective midfield performances seen in Europe this season.

"The goal of football is to score goals, so if you have the best attack, for sure it helps". The only man Luis Enrique will be without is midfielder Aleix Vidal, who will miss the rest of the season due to nasty ankle injury picked up in La Liga. Thomas Meunier surged forward from right-back and set up Cavani, who thumped home his 34th goal of the season in all competitions.

Luis Enrique will field his strongest defence with Gerard Pique back after being rested in Barca's 6-0 win away to Alaves on Saturday along with Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti.

"Knowing Unai", he said at Monday's press conference, "I know he will try to make our life complicated".

PSG were never submissive or docile in those games. One thing that is positive is that the super trio SMN (Suarez, Messi and Neymar) are going to hit the pitch.

Edinson Cavani, the worldwide strike partner of Barca's Luis Suarez, is enjoying a great season for PSG, having netted 25 goals in the league and six in Europe, and much has been made of the battle between the two.