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3 keys to a Barcelona comeback against PSG

3 keys to a Barcelona comeback against PSG


As we look ahead to the second leg of Barcelona's Champions League Round of 16 game against Paris Saint-Germain, it's entirely fair to suggest that the vast majority of football watchers don't really give the Catalans too much hope of turning a four-goal deficit around.
Though the assignment will be extraordinarily difficult, it's not impossible and there is a precedent of sorts.
Back in 2004, and after losing the first leg of their quarter-final to holders AC Milan 4-1, unfancied Deportivo La Coruna produced the performance of a lifetime to end up winning 5-4 on aggregate.
Barcelona will need to produce something similar to have any hopes of progressing.
Let's take a look at three things that could help them achieve a miracle.

Early goal

It's imperative to make the breakthrough early, as it was when a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona did back in 2012 against Milan.
Trailing 2-0 from their first leg, the Argentinian scored after five minutes and from that moment the Camp Nou were right behind their heroes.
If there's a goal for the Blaugrana anytime in the first 15 minutes, we'll have a real game on our hands as the players feed off of the adrenaline pumping in the stands.

Press high but keep compact

If there are passages of play that stand out from the game at the Parc Des Princes, they are those that showed the ease with which PSG's players controlled the midfield.
Barcelona simply weren't at the races in this area of the pitch and were dominated like never before.
It's important for the hosts to press high and sharp, but at the same time keeping compact to shut down the passing lanes.
Restricting the ability of the away side to power through the central areas must also be a feature of Barcelona's play on Wednesday night.

Believe

Every single player needs to mentally attune themselves to understanding that a comeback is indeed possible.
Barcelona certainly have the staff to mount a comeback and if they can take their chances when presented, whilst keeping it tight at the back, then who knows.
If they take to the field without a full and unwavering commitment to getting the job done, then they may as well thrown in the towel now.

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