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Barca boss Enrique angry after Champions League shocker

by 14/02/2017 19:12:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Luis Enrique's Barcelona were crushed 4-0 by Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday
  • The Barca coach was upset at questions about his tactics after the game
  • No side has overturned a four-goal first leg deficit in the competition's history

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 17:58 EST, 14 February 2017 | Updated: 19:12 EST, 14 February 2017

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says they could 'have stood on their heads' against Paris Saint-Germain and they would have still suffered Champions League humiliation.

Enrique's side were crushed 4-0 by the French champions at Parc des Princes and now need to make history to reach the quarter-finals - no side has overturned a four-goal first leg deficit in the history of the competition. 

With Barcelona facing last-16 elimination from Europe for the first time since Liverpool knocked them out in 2007, coach Luis Enrique lost his cool in a post match interview.

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique says they could 'have stood on their heads' vs PSG and still lost Barcelona boss Luis Enrique says they could 'have stood on their heads' vs PSG and still lost

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique says they could 'have stood on their heads' vs PSG and still lost

Enrique's side were crushed 4-0 by the French champions at Parc des Princes on Tuesday Enrique's side were crushed 4-0 by the French champions at Parc des Princes on Tuesday

Enrique's side were crushed 4-0 by the French champions at Parc des Princes on Tuesday

No side has overturned a four-goal first leg deficit in the history of the competition No side has overturned a four-goal first leg deficit in the history of the competition

No side has overturned a four-goal first leg deficit in the history of the competition

He told Catalan television station TV3: 'We could have stood on our heads and it would have been the same result.'

The Barca coach was upset at questions about the tactics and formations he had employed in the club's worst night in European competition for over a decade.

He said: 'I'm responsible for this so don't look for anyone else to blame, but I don't like the tone and I would have liked the same treatment all the times we have won, that I am getting tonight when we haven't.' 

The Barca coach was upset at questions about the tactics and formations after the game The Barca coach was upset at questions about the tactics and formations after the game

The Barca coach was upset at questions about the tactics and formations after the game

In a calmer press conference appearance later, Enrique added: 'At half-time we were 2-0 down which was a very bad result. Then the third came very soon afterwards. We can't say we were surprised because at this stage of the Champions League the players know what they are up against.

'Half the game is still left. I have not lost all hope. We don't need four goals we need five but why are we not going to dream that we can do it?'

However Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has criticised their tactical and physical frailties, after they were crushed in every aspect of the first-leg clash by Unai Emery's side.

Sergio Busquets: ‘PSG played much better than us and they overwhelmed us physically' Sergio Busquets: ‘PSG played much better than us and they overwhelmed us physically'

Sergio Busquets: 'PSG played much better than us and they overwhelmed us physically'

'They played much better than us and they overwhelmed us physically,' Busquets told TV3.

'They pressed us harder, they were much better tactically than us, they had a plan and executed it how they wanted to and they were the better team'.

The midfielder also appeared to criticise the team's preparation for the game, adding: 'We expected something else but that's what can happen. We hope to be able to turn things around at the Nou Camp but I can't lie, it's very difficult.' 

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