Angel di Maria's performance against Barcelona provokes reaction from Man Utd fans

Barca's Digne plays down favourites tag against PSG

Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria and their Paris Saint-Germain teammates were in the mood for love, and goals, Tuesday.

There was hope that the Silva might be fit in time for this Champions League last 16 first leg match after being rested for the Ligue 1 game against Bordeaux on Friday, but, unfortunately for the Parisians, the defender hasn't recovered from a muscle problem.

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.

"If you compare PSG to before, they are better organized in terms of their attack and more aggressive", Luis Enrique said at pre-game news conference on Monday. "We want to measure ourselves against the best teams in the world". "Of course, PSG will be audacious".

PSG v Barcelona will also air live on BT Showcase on Freeview channel 59 and Virgin Media channel 548. The woodwork saves Sevilla three times in the match.

The Brazil worldwide then went on to offer a more serious take on the how to restrict Messi's influence on the game.

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.

Cavani now has 33 goals in 31 games in all competitions this term and is clearly enjoying finally being afforded the chance to move inside from the wing to fill some rather large Zlatan-shaped boots.

For Barcelona, Gerard Pique may come back after sitting out the win over Alaves. The gloss was taken off that performance by a serious ankle injury to in-form right-back Aleix Vidal, who could now miss the rest of the season, but confidence in the camp is high.

PSG have never kept a clean sheet against Barcelona (nine games in all competitions).

This was PSG's night, though, and Unai Emery's side will surely go on to secure a fifth successive appearance in the quarter-finals. One thing that is positive is that the super trio SMN (Suarez, Messi and Neymar) are going to hit the pitch.

Only one of these will be able to progress in the Champions League, with Barcelona aiming to reach the quarter-finals for a record tenth consecutive season, and looking to repeat their success at the quarter-final stage two years ago.



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