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Papers: Koeman believes Barcelona can turn things around

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Later on tonight, Barcelona will continue their quest to regain some ground in a very difficult title race. The current league leaders are still far away from the Catalans but nothing is lost just yet. This evening, Elche represent another three points that have to be taken and Ronald Koeman, for one, is optimistic.

According to the papers this morning, the Dutchman still believes the team can turn things around. Mundo Deportivo claim the coach has asked his veteran players to step up in this time of need.

In his mind, both the league and Copa del Rey are still within their grasp and they should fight for it. Of course, it won’t exactly be an easy task but nothing in this sport it. This is where the senior players come in and take the wheel.

SPORT are on the same page as they’re also highlighting Koeman’s fighting spirit. They say he’s asking the captains to take over and lead their troops to a better second half of the season.

The Dutchman has sent a clear message to the locker room, saying ‘we can‘ and trying to lift their spirits. Now it will be up to the players to react and prove that nothing is lost just yet.

But it all starts with Elche later on tonight and Barcelona need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. Once again, the game will be played at the Camp Nou, and while without the fans that’s not as big of a boost as it would usually be, they still have to take advantage of it.

One step at a time. Maybe there is still hope and we should believe as well.

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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