Barcelona’s night against Atletico went from bad to worse in a matter of seconds. The Catalans went into half-time trailing by a goal to nil. The goal came from a Marc-André Ter Stegen mistake, but it was not the only issue they would face.
Around the 60th minute, Gérard Piqué suffered a potentially season-ending injury. The Catalan defender landed awkwardly on his foot and he faces a knee injury. At 33, this could be a devastating injury for the Catalan stalwart. It is a truly devastating sight for every Culé on Earth, as the defender is a club legend, and Barcelona needs him the most this season.
📸 — That doesn’t look good at all for Gerard Piqué. pic.twitter.com/ueAbDt5Z4U— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 21, 2020
According to reports from Sport, Piqué could be out for 4 to 6 months. If Piqué’s injury is indeed so serious, it also means Barça will have to cope with only one fit-out and out centre-back in Clément Lenglet. Ronald Koeman will have to innovate as Sergio Busquets and Ansu Fati are also out. In his absence, Frenkie de Jong might fill in until Ronald Araujo comes back. Losing Piqué is a nightmare no one would have liked to witness.
Papers: Messi pays homage to Maradona in clash against Osasuna
Barcelona have finally returned to winning ways with a complete dismantling of Osasuna the other night. The 4-0 scoreline tells the whole story really but it was Lionel Messi who once again stole the show with his magic.
Needless to say, the papers this morning are all about the little genius and his special homage to the late Diego Armando Maradona. SPORT say it was an emotional tribute from one D10S to another.
The Argentine scored an incredible goal and then revealed an old Newell’s Old Boys shirt underneath his Azulgrana colours which also bore the no.10 on the back. That’s the same number Maradona used to wear back in the day.
Apart from that, Antoine Griezmann also had a great night as he scored by far the best goal of the game and most likely the 2020/21 season as a whole as well. This incredible volley is bound to restore at least some of the Frenchman’s lacking confidence.
Mundo Deportivo are saying the same things with their cover, ‘Amen‘.
The outlet talks about Messi’s homage to Maradona but also mentions the goalscorers, Martin Braithwaite, Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho. However, not all is perfect and there were a couple of things that may put a stain on an otherwise perfect night.
Clément Lenglet had to be replaced following an injury and that leaves Barcelona with no senior centre-backs available anymore should the injury be serious.
Time for Frenkie de Jong in the backline next to some youngsters? It would definitely seem so.