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Angry Enrique clings to Barca's slim hopes of a revival after rout

By Luke Brown

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has furiously claimed his team "could have stood on our heads" against Paris Saint-Germain and yet still "it would have been the same result" after the shock 4-0 Champions League loss.

Barca were stunned by PSG in the first leg of their Round of 16 clash, with goals from Angel di Maria, Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani leaving Barcelona with a mountain to climb.

It leaves Enrique's side on the verge of failing to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007, when they were beaten on away goals in the first knockout round by a Craig Bellamy inspired Liverpool.

An animated Enrique sought to take responsibility for the poor performance of his team, before snapping at an interviewer for suggesting he had not made any tactical changes during the match.

"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," he complained.

The interview came to a swift conclusion when the interviewer suggested that Enrique had sat on his hands during the second half, with the coach angrily replying "You can tell that you didn't watch the game," before storming off.

Enrique managed to calm himself down for his post-match press conference appearance later that evening, where he attempted to reassure supporters.

"At half-time we were 2-0 down which was a very bad result," he said. "Then the third came soon afterwards. We can't say we were surprised because at this stage 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?"

Double scorer Di Maria has, meanwhile, turned his attentions to winning a second Champions League of his career.

The 29-year-old left Real Madrid shortly after they lifted the famous trophy in 2013-14, having been named man of the match in the 4-1 final victory over Atletico Madrid. A poor season with Manchester United followed, before the Argentina ace upped sticks and moved to Paris.

The transfer has already proven a success, with Di Maria helping PSG to win the Ligue 1 title last season, but Tuesday's victory was undoubtedly their coming of age as a European powerhouse.

Di Maria scored two against Barca and the evening was made all the more sweeter given that both he and fellow scorer Cavani were celebrating their birthdays.

"It's hard to think of a better birthday or a better performance than this," Di Maria said. "Our aim is to win the Champions League. We are getting there and moving forward - this was a tough game against one of the best teams in the world, so we did a great job.

"We've been showing this for a few years now. We controlled the game for 90 minutes. It's not easy to control Neymar, (Luis) Suarez and (Lionel) Messi but we managed it.

"We covered so much ground, worked so hard as a team and the most important thing is we got the win and a big step forward.

"There is still more to do at the Nou Camp. They will come out of the blocks fast so we have to do even more than here."

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