πŸ‘» Neymar is the key if PSG are to exorcise the Champions League ghosts of 2017
πŸ‘» Neymar is the key if PSG are to exorcise the Champions League ghosts of 2017
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πŸ‘» Neymar is the key if PSG are to exorcise the Champions League ghosts of 2017

The French champions have made it their solemn quest to claim continental glory but they've not advanced further than the quarterfinals since 2016.

There's an eerie consistency about their record in the Champions League knockouts in the past seven seasons. 

🏆 UCL progress since 2012/13

  • 😿 2012/13: Quarterfinals (lost to Barcelona)
  • 😿 2013/14: Quarterfinals (lost to Chelsea)
  • 😿 2014/15: Quarterfinals (lost to Barcelona
  • 😿 2015/16: Quarterfinals (lost to Man City)
  • 😿 2016/17: Round of 16 (lost to Barcelona)
  • 😿 2017/18: Round of 16 (lost to R. Madrid)
  • 😿 2018/19: Round of 16 (lost to Man United)

The round of 16 exit in 2017 at the hands of Barcelona remains a poisonous and painful memory for the PSG players. They squandered a 4-0 first-leg lead, contriving to lose 6-1 at the Nou Camp, getting dumped out 6-5 on aggregate to the shock of the watching world. Neymar was a Barcelona player that night but fast-forward to 2020 and he'll have his own complex scores to settle. 

With the mental scars of the Nou Camp in 2017 still relatively fresh, can PSG negotiate a hurdle hat has produced so much pain for them in three consecutive years? 

The Champions League is a prize that PSG's owners, Thomas Tuchel and the players are desperate to win. If they can get past a dangerous Dortmund team spearheaded by two of the most talented teenagers in the world, hope might start to spring eternal.  

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