After a very poor Champions League performance from Barcelona in the 0-3 loss against Juventus, Antoine Griezmann spoke to the cameras (via Barça TV+). While all eyes were (and probably still are) on coach Ronald Koeman, the Frenchman took the responsibility on his team:
“We’re responsible for what’s happening, we weren’t in the game.”Antoine Griezmann | Post-match interview
Griezmann himself had a lacklustre display too, failing to shoot at certain moments. It is surprising how the Blaugrana’s did not turn up for such a big clash, especially considering an iconic feature attached to the game, namely the Messi – Ronaldo rivalry.
For the first time since 2006, Barcelona finished the group stages in second place, which came over shocking to Griezmann as well:
“The result is shocking, but it will make us work on the mistakes. We gave a bad image to the fans tonight, and we will work to overcome the crisis with training and dedication.”Antoine Griezmann | Post-match interview
“The best way to get back on track, is to train, and train more. We have the talent and skilled players. We just have to believe in ourselves, and we will get out of these negative results.”
It is true that on paper, the team has an enormous talent pool, but when it comes to big cames it looks like the Blaugrana forget everything they know. On top of that, it is interesting how everyone at the club, from players to staff, seem to be very quick in forgetting about what happened and focus on the future.
“Now we have an important game on Sunday, and we must win it.”Antoine Griezmann | Post-match interview
If Barça can beat Real Sociedad, and that is a huge if, the morale might get better at the club. However, the Catalans seem in quite a bad form. It will be hard to beat a Real Sociedad team going head-to-head with Atletico for the league title. It looks like this season will be a long one for the Culés, especially if the players keep letting everyone down.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.