FC Barcelona can become the first side in history to reach a sixth successive UEFA Champions League semi-final tonight - provided that they can defeat Paris Saint-Germain at the Camp Nou. Of course, after a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes eight days ago, the Blaugrana do not actually need to win to secure their place in the final four; a 0-0 or a 1-1 draw would see Barca progress on the much-maligned away goals ruling - and as such, the odds are believed to be in their favour. History however, is not. Only one team previous to Barcelona had ever reached five successive semi-finals in this competition - and that's Real Madrid, who even went one step further, and won five successive titles between 1956 and 1960. But even with the odds seemingly stacked in their favour, Los Blancos crashed out in the very first round in the 1960/61 competition (thanks to Ballon d'Or winner Luis Suarez and FC Barcelona).
It just goes to show, all good things come to an end; will Barcelona's streak be ended tonight at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain? With arguably the best defender in the world in Thiago Silva, and one of the greatest strikers in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there's no denying that PSG have talent in abundance. Carlo Ancelotti has somehow created a cohesive unit in less than a season; after all, the first-leg was all the proof we needed to see that PSG have finally reclaimed their place amongst Europe's elite. And if there was ever a time for the opposition to be confident of their chances, well, this is it. Barca are without Javier Mascherano and Carles Puyol, while Lionel Messi - amongst others - is bound to be entering the game at less than 100% after injury. Maybe he won't even play at all. PSG have a golden chance, it's merely a question of whether they capitalise.
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