Gérard Piqué suffered a horrible injury against Atlético in November. The Barcelona defender left the Wanda Metropolitano in tears as he thought his knee would never recover. After a few days of speculation, he finally decided not to undergo surgery as that could mean a premature end of his great career.
Cat Radio today reports that the legendary defender could be back for the second leg against PSG. After drawing the Parisians this Monday, Barça knew that the second leg will take place at the Parc des Princes. The tie will be on the 10th of March. Having Piqué back for such an important clash is vital for Barcelona’s season.
The Catalan centre-back had not enjoyed the best start to the season before his injury. The defence has gone backwards without him. The 33-year-old shores up the defence whenever he steps on the pitch and will be vital against world-class attackers like Kylian Mbappé and Neymar.
At this point, the veteran might recover before Ansu Fati. The youngster got injured against Real Betis and underwent surgery. If Baça could have these two crucial parts of their side back, it would do a world of good to their chances of qualifying to the quarters.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.