Barcelona’s team of superstars left the Parc des Princes with their tails between their legs on Tuesday night after being thrashed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain.
The reigning world champions dominated possession in the Champions League last-16 first leg, with 57%, but they were outthought, outfought and outplayed by their French opponents.
Former Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria scored twice for PSG, while Julian Draxler and Edison Cavani also found the net.
At the other end, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all failed to register a single on target. MSN are meant to be the most feared attacking trio on the planet. Tonight, they failed spectacularly to do their reputation any kind of justice.
Here are the player ratings from Barcelona’s 4-0 hammering against PSG:
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (6): Made a number of big saves in the opening period from Matuidi and Draxler and was also alert when coming off his line, breaking PSG counters up and being brave with the ball. Not primarily at fault for any of the goals, but may feel he could have done better with some of them.
Sergi Roberto (3): Whether it was Draxler or Di Maria, had a tough time in the first half. Had little to no support from Gomes and you have to wonder if he’d have benefitted from the inclusion of Rakitic instead.
Gerard Pique (4): Was unable to bring the ball out of defence against a well-drilled PSG side. Also failed to get close to Cavani, who scored his team’s fourth goal on the night.
Samuel Umtiti (3): Gave away the free-kick which led to the opening goal and a breakdown in communication with Alba allowed Draxler to slip in for the second. Almost got an unlikely away goal late on, but hit the post with a header from two yards out.
Jordi Alba (3): Beaten in defence by the pace and intensity of Emery’s team. The left-back also had problems getting forward and helping Neymar, who was Barcelona’s best player.
Sergio Busquets (2): Rabiot took him out of the game. Was unable to start play and struggled when he was in possession. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Busquets look so disconnected from the game.
Andre Gomes (2): An awful night saw him hauled off before the hour. Missed a great chance to make it 1-1, was booked and failed to provide adequate cover for Sergi Roberto in defence.
Andres Iniesta (2): First start since injuring his calf against Real Sociedad in January. Was given very little time on the ball by a PSG side who didn’t let up when it came to pressing. Perhaps wasn’t fully fit. Or perhaps just wasn’t at his best, like the majority of his teammates.
Lionel Messi (2): Lost the ball in the build up to PSG’s second goal when under pressure from the keen Rabiot. Struggled to effect the game in the first 45 minutes and the trend continued in the second half. It’s difficult to remember a performance as poor as this from the Argentine this season.
Luis Suarez (3): Hardly in the game as PSG swarmed all over Barcelona. But when he was, he often took one too many touches — or even the wrong touch. A difficult night for the Uruguayan, who saw his compatriot Cavani provided with much better service up the other end.
Neymar (7): Barça’s best player in the first half and created the only real chance with his pace, only for Gomes to miss. Continued to be the biggest threat after the break, although that didn’t mean too much given the context of the game. Shot wide from an Alba pull back and continued to test Meunier deep into stoppage time.
Rafinha (4): Came on for Gomes wearing a face-mask due to a broken nose, but struggled to get into the match.
Ivan Rakitic (5): Looked rightly aggrieved to have been thrown on so late. Did more in his cameo than others, showing fight and technique.