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The blaugrana advanced this Wednesday to the final of the Copa del Rey after going back two goals from a disadvantage against Sevilla
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was delighted to see his charges return in exciting fashion to reach the Copa del Rey final, but cautioned that beating Paris Saint-Germain is a completely different perspective.
The Catalans entered Wednesday’s semi-final second leg against Sevilla as ranked outsiders after losing the first match 2-0, but counterattacked with goals from Ousmane Dembélé and a last gasp from Gerard Piqué to send the match to the extension.
Martin Braithwaite then scored to win the semi-final tie 3-2 on aggregate, raising hopes that PSG’s 4-1 defeat on the Blaugrana will still be reversed.
What was said?
“It’s easier to come back from 2-0 than from 1-4,” Koeman told reporters after the final whistle.
“PSG have a great team and great players. We will start the game to win, to see if there is a chance to pass.
“I am very proud of my team. I can’t ask for more, really. We have changed the mentality of the team.
“I wish we had lived it with 100,000 people at the Camp Nou … I hope that some Catalans can come to the final in Seville.”
A second ‘Comeback’?
Barça, of course, have previous experience in recovering from a seemingly impossible position to prevail against the French giants.
In 2017, Luis Enrique’s players appeared dead and buried when they succumbed to a 4-0 win at Parque de los Príncipes in the first leg of the round of 16.
At Camp Nou in the second leg, the Catalans moved to just one goal only to see Edinson Cavani score 3-1, leaving them needing three goals in just half an hour to progress.
But in one of the most brilliant match finishes in Champions League history, Neymar scored twice and Sergi Roberto appeared in the 95th minute to send Barca a 6-1 victory, winning 6-5 in the global.
That clash has gone down in club history as ‘La Remontada’, although Barça’s joy was ultimately short-lived, as they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Juventus.
PSG and Barça complete their tie on March 10 at the Parc des Princes.