March 8, 2017: A truly crazy night

March 8, 2017 is a date that is remembered in the history of Barcelona because of a legendary Champions League night at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona proved that nothing was impossible by overcoming a 4-0 deficit from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain, as they beat the French side 6-1 at home to make it 6-5 in the Catalans' favour on aggregate.

Two candidates for the presidential elections at Barcelona, Toni Freixa and Victor Font, have spoken to MARCA to remember that epic night, as well as expressing their thoughts on Tuesday night's game.

Freixa watched the remarkable game from his seat at the Camp Nou. The former director remembered that when PSG scored to make it 3-1, he started to lose confidence.

"When we lost 4-0 in Paris, I said that we could bring it back," Freixa recalled.

"My thoughts were met with many insults on social media, as at the time we were losing matches.

"But all of me was positive and I said we could mount a comeback. When the score was 3-1, a lot of people started to leave, but I stayed.

"Although I may have given up hope when [Edinson] Cavani scored for PSG, I believed that the team were putting in great amounts of effort and that I had to stay to applaud them after the match.

"Then with Neymar's freekick and penalty and then the sixth goal [scored by Sergi Roberto in the 95th minute] it was utterly mad; I hugged the person next to me."

Font enjoyed the match many miles away from the Camp Nou in Dubai.

"I watched the game at home with my children," Font noted.

"At the time I was living in Dubai and it was two o'clock in the morning.

"We must have woken up the whole neighbourhood with the cheers we made at the end. Some neighbours even called us to see if we were okay.

"It was a special moment, one of those days where anything is possible."

The businessman is confident that Tuesday will be a magical night again.

"We will win, I have no doubt," Font stated.

"We are a better team than PSG and I have confidence in the team and the effort they have been putting in in recent weeks.

"We are Barcelona and we are the favourites. It's a shame there aren't any fans; without the pandemic, it would have been one of those magical nights with the crowd right behind the team."

On the other hand, Freixa thinks the tie will be a close affair.

"I think the tie is very open and I am convinced that it will be decided in the last minutes of the game," Freixa added.

"I can't see a clear favourite, it's incredibly even."

Source: Marca / M. Carmen Torres - Marco Holloway-Levantakis

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