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Luis Enrique Furious After Champions League Humiliation

Barcelona manager Luis EnriquBarcelona manager Luis Enrique says they could ‘have stood on their heads’ against Paris Saint-Germain and they would have still suffered Champions League humiliation.

Enrique’s side were crushed 4-0 by the French champions at Parc des Princes and now need to make history to reach the quarter-finals – no side has overturned a four-goal first leg deficit in the history of the competition.

With Barcelona facing last-16 elimination from Europe for the first time since Liverpool knocked them out in 2007, coach Luis Enrique lost his cool in a post match interview.

He told Catalan television station TV3:

‘We could have stood on our heads and it would have been the same result.’

The Barca coach was upset at questions about the tactics and formations he had employed in the club’s worst night in European competition for over a decade.

He said: ‘I’m responsible for this so don’t look for anyone else to blame, but I don’t like the tone and I would have liked the same treatment all the times we have won, that I am getting tonight when we haven’t.’

In a calmer press conference appearance later, Enrique added:

‘At half-time we were 2-0 down which was a very bad result. Then the third came very soon afterwards. We can’t say we were surprised because at this stage of the Champions League the players know what they are up against.

‘Half the game is still left. I have not lost all hope. We don’t need four goals we need five but why are we not going to dream that we can do it?’