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Papers: Barcelona still optimistic after the Sevilla draw

It was a tough night but there are still positives to be taken from the clash.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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It was always going to be difficult to face Julen Lopetegui’s well-drilled side. But Barcelona are still optimistic after the Sevilla draw. The game was much tougher and a point in such a clash is still a good result.

Of course, the local papers are still discussing the game, albeit with polar opposite approaches. Mundo Deportivo, for example, are still not happy with the referee’s decision.

They believe there was a foul on Lionel Messi inside the box but the VAR didn’t even check the incident. For that reason, they claim Barcelona were robbed.

Small sections of their cover are also dedicated to Philippe Coutinho’s goal and Sergiño Dest’s debut. Of course, Barcelona’s women’s team also demolished Real Madrid 0-4 in their first-ever El Clásico.

SPORT, on the other hand, are more positive. They say that Barcelona are still optimistic despite the draw with Sevilla.

Barça did not yield to Lopetegui’s team and even had the chance to win the game in the end but missed a couple of good chances. One point against such a strong opponent is still good so there is reason to be happy.

Now, however, it’s international break time and the players will be joining their countries for a while. Let’s hope they manage to stay injury-free.

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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