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Remontada: Why PSG won't have another historic UEFA Champions League collapse against Barcelona


After the 3-0 win the round of 32 of the Coupe de France over Stade Brestois 29 over the weekend he was asked about the possibility of the French giants throwing away another UEFA Champions League knockout phase first leg lead against Barcelona.


Perhaps it is because of PSG's continuing domestic struggles which were emphasized by a 2-0 home defeat to AS Monaco in Ligue 1 just days after the demolition of Barca or it might be because Ronald Koeman's men have shown signs of life since by beating Sevilla in La Liga and the Copa del Rey.


Regardless, the past cannot be changed, but the future can be shaped and nobody in Paris fears a repeat of the events of just over four years ago when Unai Emery's PSG side completely capitulated and exited the Champions League in some of the most humiliating circumstances imaginable.


However, PSG completely fell to bits as the home fans sensed the most unlikely of recoveries and even failed to see the match out after Edinson Cavani had scored an away goal just after the hour mark in a collective implosion that scarred the capital club for years after that.


By this point, the main survivors of the remontada were captain Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani -- both have now left -- current skipper Marquinhos, midfield maestro Marco Verratti, influential creator Angel di Maria, attacking left-back Layvin Kurzawa and peripheral figure Julian Draxler.


As PSG showed last year when they overcame Erling Haaland's Borussia Dortmund, neutral darlings Atalanta BC and Julian Nagelsmann's vibrant RB Leipzig, having both Neymar and Mbappe present has helped to create a new mentality.






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