As the weekend slowly but surely edges closer, everyone’s attention turns back to the big clash in Madrid. Barcelona are travelling to the Wanda Metropolitano to face Atlético Madrid in a game that may represent one of Ronald Koeman’s biggest challenges yet.
The papers, unsurprisingly, are focusing on that this morning. SPORT are reminding everyone that the Catalans are still undefeated against the Rojiblancos in La Liga under Diego Simeone.
As much as the Argentine coach has improved the team in every feasible way, Barça have gone 20 matches in the domestic league without losing to them. This means that the last defeat they have recorded dates all the way back to the 2009/10 campaign.
So despite their Saturday opposition being in red-hot form, the Azulgranas can still be confident. SPORT also mention the fact that Luis Suárez won’t face his old team due to testing positive for COVID-19.
Mundo Deportivo, on the other hand, are focusing on different things. They talk about Barcelona’s ‘kids‘.
It seems that after a long while, the club finally has a lot of talent knocking on the first-team’s door. Of course, Ansu Fati and Pedri are leading the charge of the youth but there are others who could become key players in the not so distant future.
In the time of crisis, as the paper calls it, Barcelona have decided to turn to their youngsters, which they should’ve done a long time ago.
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.