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Luis Suarez insists Barcelona will accept “beautiful challenge”

Luis Suarez

Despite losing 4-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League last-16 first leg, Luis Suarez insists Barcelona can turn things around at home.

The Catalans were torn to shreds in Paris on Tuesday after former Real Madrid player Angel Di Maria scored twice along with goals from Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani.

Given how the game panned out, Barcelona were perhaps fortunate to escape with just a four-goal hammering.

The second leg comes up at the Nou Camp on March 8 and Suarez insists he is not ready to throw in the towel just yet.

The Uruguayan forward still believes Barca are the “best team in the world” which should give them belief the situation can be rescued.

“If we want to make history at this club, we have to turn this tie around,” said Suarez.


“We are the best team in the world. If there is a team that can overturn this situation, it’s Barcelona.”

No team has ever lost a first-leg knockout tie in the Champions League by four goals and gone on to qualify.

Suarez, 30, says the players and coach Luis Enrique have to “share” the blame for the Parc des Princes collapse and prepare themselves to accept their new challenge on home soil next month.

“To lose in the manner that we did in the last 16 is difficult and painful. It’s going to be very difficult but it’s a beautiful challenge,” Suarez added.

Barcelona are now 41.00 to win this season’s Champions League while they are 17.00 to beat PSG 4-0 in the second leg.

The Catalans have reached at least the quarter-finals of the Champions League for nine consecutive years.