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Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona: reaction, analysis

Paris Saint-Germain's punishment for their slip-up against Ludogorets is a tie against opponents they have drawn three times in the last five UEFA Champions League seasons.

Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona: reaction, analysis
Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona: reaction, analysis ©Getty Images

Match dates: 14 February, 8 March


Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Paris Saint-Germain president: "Once again we have drawn Barcelona, a team for whom we have a lot of respect. We played them six times in the last four seasons so this is becoming a classic UEFA Champions League fixture. They will be two great matches and our fans will be ready for them."

Jordi Mestre, Barcelona vice-president: "PSG are an old acquaintance, a team who are hard to face. Until now we have been successful but every year is different and there are no easy teams in the Champions League. Their coach knows us well and knows the Spanish Liga."

Patrick Kluivert, Paris Saint-Germain director of football: "We have played a lot against them and that's given us some great matches. We cannot talk our team down, we have a lot of quality. We also know they will be a very strong rival. But they know it's not a foregone conclusion that they'll beat us. And that's important.

Key facts

Top five Barcelona v Paris goals
  • This is the teams' third knockout meeting in five seasons, with Barcelona winning each of the previous two.
  • The Blaugrana prevailed 5-1 on aggregate in the 2014/15 quarter-finals, picking up a 3-1 first-leg victory at the Parc des Princes – Paris's sole home defeat in their last 42 European home games – before a 2-0 success in Spain.
  • When they had met in the group stage earlier in that 2014/15 campaign, each side won their home game: 3-2 in France, 3-1 in Spain.
  • In the 2012/13 quarter-finals, the first match in France finished 2-2, with Barcelona squeezing through on away goals with a 1-1 home draw.
  • The French club came out on top when the teams met in the last eight in 1994/95, following a 1-1 away draw with a 2-1 home victory.
  • Barcelona won the 1997 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final against Paris in Rotterdam, Ronaldo scoring the only goal.
  • Paris have lost in the quarter-finals for four years running.
  • Barcelona's record against French opponents reads W12 D5 L4.
  • Paris's record against Spanish sides is W10 D7 L9; having recorded a home draw (0-0) and away defeat (0-1) against Real Madrid in last term's group stage, they are without a win in their last five such encounters.
  • Barcelona's Lucas Digne was at Paris between 2013 and 2015, making 30 Ligue 1 appearances.
  • The Barcelona squad also includes French internationals Jérémy Mathieu and Samuel Umtiti; Paris forward Jesé Rodríguez joined from Real Madrid last summer.