Ahead of their Wednesday’s Champions League round of 16 second leg clash against Paris Saint-Germain, Spanish giants, Barcelona, are confident and ‘optimistic’ they can achieve a comeback by a favourable aggregate to advance to the quarter finals.
In the first leg three weeks ago, it was a brace from Angel Di Maria and a goal each from Julian Draxker and Edinson Cavani that led PSG to a memorable win over the 2015 champions, who must now create history by scoring five goals without conceding to qualify for the next round of the competition.
During Tuesday’s pre-match press conference ahead of the clash, Barca Boss Luis Enrique and striker Luis Suarez both expressed belief that the mission is possible, stating emphatically that they are capable of overturning their 4-0 first leg loss against the French giants.
Enrique called on fans who will be at the Camp Nou to make the stadium uncomfortable for PSG.
“We’re in good form. We have to be optimistic, and we are,” Enrique said.
“Camp Nou needs to be like a pressure cooker, ready to explode.”
History has it that no side has ever overturned a 4-0 deficit in the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League, but Suarez on his part, said: “A game that generates many expectations is a nice challenge for us (Barcelona).
“The game will be difficult but not impossible. If any team can get four or more goals, it’s Barça.
“We have the confidence, soul and enthusiasm to achieve a comeback. We will fight right to the end.”
Barca Boss Enrique had announced he’d be stepping down as manager at the end of the season, but has led the team afterwards to victories against Sporting Gijon and Celta Vigo, as they are currently leaders of the Spanish La Liga.
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