Barcelona has a chance to overcome a three-goal deficit in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Paris St-Germain if Lionel Messi, the club’s all-time leading scorer, is in good shape, according to coach Ronald Koeman.
Barca was defeated 4-1 at home, and no team has ever come back from a three-goal deficit in a Champions League away leg.
“Everything is possible if Leo is capable of playing one of his best games; he can settle a game at any moment,” Koeman said at a virtual news conference on Tuesday before his team left for Paris.
“However, he can’t be the only one at the top of his game; everybody must be, and we must all have some luck.”
“However, he cannot be the only one who is at the top of their game; everybody must be. We must also have some luck and ensure that we take our chances and are as effective as possible in front of goal.”
In 2017, Barca overcame a 4-0 loss away to PSG in a last-16 tie by winning 6-1 at Camp Nou, making it the biggest comeback in European Cup history.
Koeman acknowledged that his team’s job at the Parc des Princes was much more difficult than four years earlier, but he rejected suggestions that PSG would be thinking about that match or be complacent.
Barca will also be encouraged by its ability to come back from a 2-0 deficit against Sevilla in last week’s Copa del Rey semi-final.
Barca will also be buoyed by its ability to come back from a 2-0 deficit against Sevilla in a Copa del Rey semi-final last week, winning 3-0 in extra time in the second leg.