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Koeman writes off Barcelona’s Champions League hopes after PSG defeat

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‘There are very few chances of going through’

FC Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg One Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman admitted Barcelona have little chance of making it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after going down 4-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last 16 tie.

Kylian Mbappe netted a hat-trick and Moise Kean was also on target in a convincing win for the visitors that puts them in complete control of the tie.

Koeman spoke about the game after the match and said his team had been second best all night at the Camp Nou.

“There’s nothing for it but to accept that they were way superior to us in the second half. They showed they have a more complete team than us. We accept that. But we have to improve things about our play.

“We knew that this kind of thing could happen because we’re playing against a great side. Physically and in experience – in fact, in a number of things – they’re well ahead of us.

“I could tell you lies but the fact is that at 4-1 down from the home leg, there are very few chances of going through. This match shows us how much we have to improve, particularly at Champions League level.”

Source | UEFA

It looks like being another painful exit from the Champions League for Barca. The Catalan giants must also wait a little while to play the second leg with the return fixture not until March 10.