Houllier: PSG had the potential to win the Champions League

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The ex-boss of the French outfit has praised the way Barcelona approached the second leg, saying they beat their opponents psychologically

Gerard Houllier has claimed that If Paris Saint-Germain had ousted Barcelona from the Champions League, they could have gone all the way in the competition.

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The Parisian team seemed to have one foot in the quarter-finals following a 4-0 first-leg win over Barca, yet they suffered a stunning 6-1 reverse in Camp Nou that saw them crashing out in a thoroughly embarrassing manner.

Houllier, who also managed Liverpool and Lyon among others, stated that their problem was mental.

“I’m certain that if PSG had gone through, this would have given them a great kick and they could have won the Champions League,” he told L’Equipe.

The 69-year-old, who managed the club between 1985 and 1988, said he felt something was up from the beginning.

“When I saw them in the tunnel, I felt there was fear in their faces. And fear immobilises you,” he said. 

“Barcelona’s media work functioned perfectly: the players said nothing in the first week, then in the second it was: 'You never know, we’ve already scored five against Real Madrid'. Then it became: ‘We’re going to do it', like Luis Suarez in France Football.

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“There is a sort of self-hypnosis on something almost impossible. They built an image in the head of the PSG players. They were all frozen.

“But I also saw Brazil lose four goals in six minutes against Germany in 2014.”

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