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Papers: ‘Difficult’ – Barcelona could face Bayern in the Champions League

Should the Catalans get past Napoli, they will likely face the most in-form team on the planet.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Without too much surprise, today’s newspaper covers are all about the draw that took place yesterday and delivered some shocking news for the Catalans. If they get past Napoli in August, Barcelona might face Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Mundo Deportivo have gone with a title that simply says ‘Difficult‘ but that doesn’t begin to explain how complicated the Azulgranas‘ path towards the final could potentially become.

Things would sooner get even worse than better even in a scenario in which the Catalans somehow beat Bayern since in the semis, one of Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus or Lyon would be next in line. To top it all off, Paris Saint-Germain could await in the finals.

Sport are practically saying the very same thing with their title – ‘Champions League bomb‘. They are also focusing on Barcelona potentially facing Bayern in the Champions League and saying the draw is simply terrifying for the boys from the Camp Nou.

Of course, they first have to beat Napoli before turning their focus on the German titans. And if the first leg is any indication at all, the Italians won’t go down without a proper fight.

One way or the other, it is looking increasingly more difficult for them to finally clinch the coveted European crown after so many years of despair and failure. But, what better way to return to the top than beating all the best teams on their way?

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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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