PSG have advanced into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after beating Barcelona 5-2 on aggregate.
The Catalans performed extremely well at the Parc des Princes but couldn’t add to Lionel Messi’s sensational first half equaliser, especially after the Argentine had a penalty saved by Keylor Navas.
PSG defended admirably, and have their reward for a superb first leg display at the Camp Nou.
Four years ago, the tie affectionately known by Barca fans as ‘La Remontada’ saw Lionel Messi and Co overturn a similar 4-0 first-leg deficit to win 6-1 in the second leg at the Nou Camp, with Sergi Roberto scoring a last-gasp winner to emphatically send the club through.
But the Wednesday encounter was not going to follow that trend as the two goals came in the first half, with the hero of the first leg, Kylian Mbappe scoring the opening through penalty.
And, Lionel Messi scored a magnificent goal to bring them level on the night. The Catalans’ talisman missed the opportunity to hand his team the lead when he frittered away his spot kick toward the end of the first half.
Had Messi scored that penalty just before half-time, perhaps his side would have had more momentum to attempt an unlikely feat.
It’s an an action-packed half in Paris with the two teams ending the first 45 minute 1-1.
Barcelona really should have two goals to their name at least tonight but have been wasteful.
Messi looked to be their hero with that missile but went to zero after failing to convert the spot-kick.
Messi smashes it to Navas’ left, who gets contact to it and directs it onto the bar and it’s out for a corner.
Barcelona will be confident going into the second half, PSG have sat back and tried to absorb pressure and will be counting their lucky stars they have Navas in net.
It’s 1-1 at the break and Barca still need three goals to go through.
John Terry has made no secret of his desire to step up to management, and now the former defender has revealed one of his biggest coaching inspirations – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
The Chelsea legend, who has been working under Villa boss Dean Smith since 2018, retired as a player in the same year after a one-year stint with the Midlands outfit – ending a 20-year career after captaining Chelsea to five league titles.
The Aston Villa assistant manager shared a photo of him reading one of the Spaniard’s coaching guides during a day off from training as he prepares for the team’s clash against Newcastle on Friday.
He called Guardiola ‘the main man’ and said he was ‘learning and studying from the former Bayern and Barcelona boss in a post on social media.
Terry revealed he had been out running before working out in the gym and later used his spare time to brush up on Guardiola’s pearls of wisdom from two separate booklets detailing instructions for passing, possession and technical training drills, report the Mail.
He wrote on Instagram: “DAY OFF… 7k & GYM. Studying and learning from the main man PEP GUARDIOLA. Getting ready for our game Friday @avfcofficial”
Guardiola has a number of coaching books published as an esteemed manager highly praised for the attractive style his teams play.
Two guides with the same cover as the one Terry was reading are titled ’88 Attacking Combinations and Positional Patterns of Play Direct from Pep’s Training Sessions’ and ’85 Passing, Rondos, Possession Games & Technical Circuits’.