And just as Barcelona fans have feared, the Catalans’ goalless draw with Sevilla gave their eternal rivals a ticket to the top of the table, and with a little help of VAR, Real Madrid have taken it with both hands.
Of course, they still had to beat Real Sociedad at Anoeta to get there but today’s newspaper covers are all about Los Blancos and the dubious decisions made by the referee.
Mundo Deportivo went with the headline that says ‘Made in Madrid‘, highlighting how their win to go top of the table was quite controversial and they go on to mention it was the third time VAR intervened to save the Galacticos since the return of football.
Of course, they also show all three suspicious decisions that occurred during the game: The penalty on Vinícius Júnior, the overturned goal from Real Sociedad and Karim Benzema’s handball leading up to Real Madrid’s second goal.
Sport have gone with mostly the same thing, their cover stating ‘Leaders of VAR‘ as they accuse the team from Madrid of climbing the table with a little help from the officials.
They also call it a scandal and mention all three instances when Real Madrid were given a helping hand during their clash with Real Sociedad.
But they also focus on the remaining eight fixtures in LaLiga, saying Barça and Real are now tied on points – albeit Real have the head-to-head in their favour – and the Catalans will be hoping their rivals drop some points between now and the end of the season.
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.