Verratti: Barca thought it was over!

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 09/03/2017

PSG  midfielder Marco Verratti reveals even Barcelona’s players thought last night’s PSG game was over.

The Paris base club was defending a 4-0 lead from the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 ties and looked that they have killed the game with courtesy Edison Cavani strike with an away goal to make it 3-1 on the night.

However, the Barcelona scored three times in the 88th minute to complete the most unlikely of comebacks in football history.

The Italian international speaking to L’Équipe he said the La Liga champion deserved to scale through to next round of the competition


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“It was difficult for us to play, to make passes, they pressed us too much in the first half. In the second half, we started to play better.

“We understood when we conceded the third goal that we had to play, we couldn’t just wait for it to finish like that.

“With the goal from Edi [Edinson Cavani], we got some calm. I spoke to the Barça players and they told me it was over.

“Conceding three goals in five minutes… I can’t explain it, it’s football. This is a game I’ll never forget. I hope it will serve as a lesson for everyone.

“Now we’re going through a difficult time. There will be others, we need to find the strength to get our heads up. We have to be men.

“We’re all sad, we lost 6-1 and it’s not because of the referee. Primarily it’s us who are responsible.”

PSG will take Lorient in the French Ligue 1 game at the weekend, Paris base club is second of log table with 62 points with 3 points behind their arc-rival  Monaco.