These have been trying weeks for the Catalans and their still fresh manager. And now, after a couple of shaky results and the title slowly slipping away, Setién’s future at Barça is becoming quite uncertain. Real Madrid, on the other hand, are winning consistently, albeit with controversy following suit.
And that’s exactly what the papers are focusing on this morning. Mundo Deportivo are going with a headline that says ‘Two measuring (VAR)s‘, highlighting how VAR has been used to different effect when it comes to LaLiga’s two biggest clubs.
Barcelona have lost points due to numerous bad decisions taken by the referees in the weeks since the return while their counterparts from Madrid have apparently profited from that very same system.
Sport, however, have decided to take a rest from VAR and instead focus on Setién’s uncertain future at Barça with a headline that says exactly that, ‘Uncertain future‘, and has the gaffer donning the cover.
But not all is so bleak since the paper does talk about Barcelona’s trust in their coach and the idea of keeping him until the end of the season. All he has to do to maintain that trust is win a trophy at the end of the season.
As if that was so easy to do.
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.