Unai Emery PSG manager has poor record against Barcelona

  • Unai Emery PSG manager has poor record against Barcelona

Unai Emery PSG manager has poor record against Barcelona

At just 23, left-back Digne has already experienced the demands at the top level with PSG in his homeland and Roma in Italy, but nothing comes close to the demands he faces day-to-day since joining Barcelona in July.

Barcelona are without three first-team players in Javier Mascherano, Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan. "I'm sure it will be a very interesting game".

PSG has outstanding headers of the ball in centre forward Edinson Cavani - who has 33 goals this season - and captain Thiago Silva.

Emery's PSG are second in Ligue 1, which might not seem disastrous until you consider that, at the same stage last season under Laurent Blanc, they had 14 more points. I remember Jose Mourinho saying years ago that to win the Champions League you have to have an excellent team but you also have to be lucky.

Emery's future will likely depend on whether it can get past Barcelona in the round of 16 of the Champions League, which begins with the first leg on Tuesday.

There is certainly a new-found confidence at the Parc des Princes after a fine start to 2017 which has seen them win 10 and draw one of their last 11 games in all competitions.

Di Maria's delightful cross was picked up by Cavani at the back post, but his shot was blocked and Draxler curled over the bar.

The solution for PSG against Barcelona could be attack as a best form of defence.

They're capable of scoring goals in bursts and the Camp Nou can be an intimidating place to visit, but PSG will not be daunted after trampling over the La Liga giants throughout this one-sided tussle.

Barcelona smashed Alaves 6-0 at the weekend and have only lost once in their last 22 games.

Barcelona have won their last three games against PSG (8 scored, 2 conceded).

PSG's quest for European success has developed a frustrating pattern, ending at the quarterfinals in the past four seasons. "Iniesta, [Lionel] Messi and Neymar create a move in a second".

Presnel Kimpembe is the natural choice but the 21-year-old is yet to make an appearance in the Champions League and Emery could consider to use instead a more experienced option to stop Messi and co in the shape of right-back Serge Aurier.

PSG, who are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the fifth season in succession, are also without ex-Barcelona midfielder Thiago Motta due to suspension.