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Papers: Barcelona are ready to put trust in the youth

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Following Barcelona’s heavy defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, it seems a lot could change in the near future. The morale which was once high has now plummeted and it will inevitably reflect on the team. The papers this morning already talk of a different approach we might see from the Catalans now.

SPORT are saying the club is fully ready to put trust in the youth and promote them as much as possible.

This is a direct result of the upper hierarchy accepting Barcelona will likely not win any trophies this season. Seeing how there’s nothing to lose – or even fight for – the fringe players will start getting more chances now.

On one hand, this is obviously a positive sign but on the other, why has it taken such a dramatic shift in their fortune for this decision to be made? Maybe the youth was the answer to the issues at hand in the first place.

Mundo Deportivo are still focused on that clash against Paris Saint-Germain and talk about arguing on the pitch.

It seems like there was a scuffle between Kylian Mbappé and Sergiño Dest and the Frenchman threated Jordi Alba who was later on involved. Gerard Piqué had to intervene and make peace between the players.

All of this should still make for a heated second leg. Even though Barcelona don’t have much hope at this point, everything is still possible in football.

Only time will tell if there’s another Remontada in them after all.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

Udhav Arora

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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.”

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.

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