Ronald Koeman definitely means business. Two games into his tenure and the Catalans have two wins, seven goals scored and zero conceded. Last night, Barcelona beat Celta Vigo in an incredible bout away from home at the ‘cursed‘ Balaídos.
And of course, that was all the papers could talk about this morning. Mundo Deportivo went with a title that simply said ‘Storm‘, which could be true both for Barça and the weather in Vigo.
The Catalans were aggressive and proactive throughout the whole game and Ansu Fati once again managed to score the opener. Of course, Clement Lenglet was sent off just before the break but that didn’t stop the guests from running the show.
Small sections of the cover were also dedicated to the Champions League draw as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo come face to face. Apart from that, transfer news surrounding Ousmane Dembélé and Sergiño Dest’s arrival are mentioned as well.
Sport say Barcelona beat Celta Vigo in a brilliant fashion, titling it as ‘Magical and genius‘. They believe Koeman showed us a different and much-improved team last night.
Fati is mentioned for his stunning opener and Messi got some plaudits for leading the squad throughout the game. Even though he didn’t score a goal, the Argentine was organising his troops the whole time.
Needless to say, the first impressions are great but we have to be cautious. It’s only the beginning and there’s still a long way to go.
Now, a tough clash against Sevilla awaits this weekend…
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.