It could be crucial for Barcelona that Lionel Messi is picking up form just in time for some of the biggest clashes of the season. Tomorrow, the Catalans will face Sevilla and then, a couple of days after that, they’ll face them again in Copa del Rey.
Needless to say, it’s all about the Andalusians over at the Camp Nou at the moment and the papers feel the same. Mundo Deportivo talk about ‘operation Sevilla‘ and it involves Ronald Araújo.
The outlet suggests that Barcelona are hoping to have the young centre-back in the squad tomorrow. To be fair, Araújo has been training with the team so the early signs are positive. Still, Ronald Koeman should indeed be very careful with his gem.
After all, it wouldn’t be so wise to throw him straight into the fire following a big injury. No one doubt his fitness levels and eagerness to return, however. The Uruguayan is determined to make it and if he’s given the green light, we might see him on the pitch tomorrow.
SPORT, on the other hand, are focusing on Messi, who’s once again asserting dominance over Europe.
With 13 goals from 13 games, the Argentine is having an incredible 2021 and is now ahead of the other competitors across the leagues. Not only that but he’s back at the top of the pile in the race for the Pichichi as well.
All of that in a season that many were quick to label as one of his worst. So SPORT’s title ‘there is only one king‘ seems quite fitting for the occasion.
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.