Champions League

I Could Lie, But There's Hardly Any Chance of Going Through: Ronald Koeman

Ali Shibil Roshan
Koeman knows Barcelona have only slim chances of progressing to quarter-final
Koeman knows Barcelona have only slim chances of progressing to quarter-final / Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Ronald Koeman has admitted FC Barcelona have only slim chances of progressing to the Champions League quarter-final after suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of PSG in the round-of-16 first leg.

Kylian Mbappe scored a stunning hat-trick and Moise Kean bagged a header goal as PSG humbled Barcelona, who need to produce something sensational in the second-leg to avoid elimination from the competition.

Speaking after the match, Koeman conceded PSG were the superior side in the second half, while also claiming the first half was an even one. "In the second half, yes, PSG were superior," Koeman said [via Sport]. "They were Very effective, above all Mbappe. The first half was more equal.

The 22-year-old scored a stunning hat-trick against Barcelona at Camp Nou
The 22-year-old scored a stunning hat-trick against Barcelona at Camp Nou / David Ramos/Getty Images

"At 1-0 we had a great chance with (Ousmane) Ousmane. In the second half we had problems defensively. They showed with the ball, but above all physically, they are superior to us."

Koeman also admitted, "there's hardly any chance" for Barcelona to progress into the quarter-finals. He said, "You always have to play another game but 1-4 is very difficult because, and I could lie, but losing 4-1 at home, there's hardly any chance of getting through."

Barcelona travel to Paris in three weeks' time to play the second-leg against PSG, and it will be interesting to see whether the Catalan outfit will be able to pull off the improbable.


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