Christmas has finally arrived! For Barcelona, it goes without saying that it’s been a tough year to handle with changes in management, sacking of the president, poor results and heartbreaks. However, there is optimism in the camp once again and it’s all about the youth players.
Both papers are in a festive mood this morning and Mundo Deportivo bring exclusive interviews with two of Barcelona’s big stars: Ansu Fati for the men’s team and Jennifer Hermoso for the women’s team.
Hermoso is the highest goal-scorer in the club’s history while Fati is the emerging superstar and La Masia’s finest. Both players are and will be key for Barcelona’s success in 2021 as well but they have the strength to shoulder that burden.
SPORT are also focusing on one of Barcelona’s young starlets, Pedri. Lately, especially after Fati’s injury, the now 18-year-old midfielder has taken the stage by storm with his brilliant performances.
The paper says Pedri is Barcelona’s Christmas gift and it truly feels that way. Not only has his connection with Lionel Messi gotten extremely good but he’s also elevating the whole team in the best possible way.
So even though there’s still a lot to go for the Catalans, there is hope that 2021 could still be a good year for the club and the fans.
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.