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PSG suffered an agonising collapse in Barcelona .

Marco Verratti to sue over claim of what he was doing hours before Barca trip

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The football world is still struggling to get its head around what happened at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

Barcelona would have you believe it was their spirit and general superiority that engineered one of the greatest Champions League comebacks ever.

Yet, if Paris Saint-Germain were to take a good, hard look at themselves - which they surely did after the final whistle - they must know that this was a fairytale which should never have been written.

The French champions' collapse from the 85th minute onwards was inexcusable, and it could well prove a major factor in the board's decision of whether or not to keep Unai Emery in his job at the end of his maiden campaign in Ligue 1.

From that point late on in the game, they managed to string together just four passes, three of which came from kick-off after Barcelona had scored.

Then, the inquest began. How were PSG, so determined that their 4-0 victory in the first leg would be enough, allowed to crumble as soon as the Blaugrana exerted any kind of pressure on them?

A controversial claim from L'Equipe 

Well, L'Equipe had an interesting theory.

You can imagine the reception the squad received when they got off the plane in Paris, and that vitriol was outdone only by the French media.

The newspaper claimed that two of Emery's key men, Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti, didn't get enough rest because they had spent the night before the game at a Rihanna concert - you know, as you do.

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If it were true, it would sum up just how complacent PSG were feeling going into the second leg.

The claim isn't going uncontested, though. 

Le Parisien have quickly established that Matuidi wasn't at the gig and was actually at home. 

PSG respond

As much as the PSG players would dearly love to banish the memories of that ridiculous night in Catalonia, Verratti isn't putting up with the suggestion he wasn't taking Barcelona seriously either.

First, PSG's official Twitter account took the unusual step of responding to the report, posting the following:

Verratti's agent then followed it up by revealing his client would be suing L'Equipe:

In English, his tweet reads as:

"We have instructed lawyer Carlo Alberto Brusa to protect the image of Marco Verratti against Equipe and (journalist) Mr Riolo."

Verratti already has enough on his plate after the humiliation in Barcelona.

PSG are six points behind Ligue 1 leaders Monaco, albeit with a game in hand, and whatever happens, their season is unfortunately only going to be remembered for one thing.

What went wrong for PSG? Have your say in the comments. 

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