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Video: Barcelona fans set off fireworks in front of PSG hotel, to keep players awake ahead of CL tie


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Supporters of La Liga giants Barcelona have this evening taken matters into their own hands, ahead of their side’s upcoming meeting with Paris Saint-Germain.

Rivalries renewed

What most would argue is the marquee tie of the Champions League’s round-of-16 is set to play out at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

The clash in question will see Ronald Koeman’s Barca play host to French champions PSG.

The matchup of course marks a high-profile one due to the respective clubs’ status amongst European football’s elite. However, it also represents so much more than that.

One of the most memorable two-legged ties in the history of the competition was played out between the Blaugrana and Parisians back in 2017, when the former recovered from a 4-0 defeat to remarkably book their spot in the quarter-finals courtesy of a 6-1 victory in the return leg.

Tension has also long been rife between the boards of the Spanish and French heavyweights, due to a combination of Neymar’s world-record Parc des Princes transfer, and PSG’s insistence on making their interest in Lionel Messi public.

Video: Barcelona fans set off fireworks in front of PSG hotel, to keep players awake ahead of CL tie

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 28: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Scenes in Catalunya

As such, it feels safe to say that tomorrow’s Camp Nou showdown is unlikely to be played out in the most cordial of spirits.

And, as outlined above, ahead of the clash, on Monday, Barcelona’s fans have taken matters into their own hands.

Footage has surfaced of the Blaugrana faithful lighting up the Catalan sky with fireworks, smack bang in front of the hotel in which PSG’s star-filled squad are staying.

This comes as an obvious effort to both unsettle Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, and keep any of those who may have hoped for an early night’s sleep very much awake:

 

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