Barca fans set off fireworks outside Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s hotel to disrupt players’ sleep ahead of clash with Lionel Messi and co February 16, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer

Barcelona fans are trying to do all they can to help their team ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain.

The round-of-16 encounter – which is LIVE on talkSPORT 2 at 8pm – pits Lionel Messi and co against Mauricio Pochettino’s French giants – although they are without Neymar due to injury.

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Lionel Messi will hope to put on a masterclass against PSG this evening

The first leg takes place at Barca’s Camp Nou home this evening, and PSG travelled to Catalonia on Monday to prepare for the match.

This meant the Parisians stayed at a Barcelona hotel the night before the game… but this put Poch’s squad at the mercy of some cunning Blaugrana supporters who wanted to help their beloved club.

Video footage published by El Chiringuito in Spain revealed that these Barca fans set off fireworks outside the PSG hotel last night to disrupt the players’ sleep ahead of the big European encounter.

You can watch the footage, above…

Tonight’s match is Pochettino’s first in the Champions League since his Tottenham side won 4-0 at Crvena zvezda in November 2019, as the Argentine was sacked less than two weeks later and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

He has also only overseen four games in Europe’s premier competitions since the 2019 Champions League final, when Spurs were beaten by Liverpool as the Reds claimed their sixth European Cup.

Pochettino does not have Neymar to call upon tonight, although Kylian Mbappe is available

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Pochettino does not have Neymar to call upon tonight, although Kylian Mbappe is available

Speaking ahead of the match, Poch said: “When we signed for PSG, you could start to feel already that the Champions League game would be important.

“It’s our clear objective to win the Champions League and we understand the responsibility and the excitement. When I talk about obsession, I mean that those of us in football talk about passion and that’s an obsession too.

“Sometimes you don’t know which but you love this sport desperately, thinking about it constantly, 24 hours a day, and I see that obsession as a positive thing: a passion so great that it’s overflowing, on the verge of obsession.

“We’re not here to impose, we’re here to collaborate and try to fulfil the club’s objectives. These are two teams who aspire to win the Champions League. Sadly, only one of them can get through to the next round.”

talkSPORT 2 brings you full LIVE commentary of Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, kick-off 8pm

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