PSG’s home defeat in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester City (1-2) is not crippling. But only one team has managed to turn the tide after such a score since 1992.
Paris still believes in it, but the task will be tough. The defeat conceded to Manchester City (1-2) in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League places the Parisians in a bad position for qualification in the final. The feat has already been achieved in the past but it is very rare. Only 7% of the teams that lost at home 1-2 managed to reach the next round in the European Cup since the 1970-1971 season. There have been 378 precedents according to L’Equipe.
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Ajax’s miracle against Real in 2019
In more recent history, only one team has achieved this feat since 1992, when the competition was renamed the Champions League. It dates from only two years ago. Beaten 1-2 at home by Real Madrid in the first leg, Ajax Amsterdam had achieved the unthinkable by outclassing the Merengues (1-4), then triple title holders, in the quarter-final return to the Bernabeu in 2018 -2019. During this period, the nine other similar scenarios all resulted in the qualification of the victorious team in the first leg.
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Manchester City has already experienced it last season. Pep Guardiola’s men won on Real Madrid (1-2) in the round of 16 first leg before confirming their success with the same score on the return leg (2-1). The statistics will not demoralize Parisians, convinced they can reverse the trend. “Of course we believe in it, said Mauricio Pochettino. We can do something special there, we believe in it. It won’t work if we don’t believe in it. We will prepare for this return match.”
“It will take personality, whoever does not believe in it must not even go there, warns Marquinhos. You need a warrior mentality, do whatever it takes to get through. We are very close, he do not doubt now. We must improve what we did not do well today, but we have everything we need to reverse the situation. You have to believe in it, and be strong. “
The victories on the grounds of Manchester United (1-3) in the group stage, Barça in 8th (1-4) and Bayern in quarters (2-3) can offer hope to Parisians.