Francisco Trincão and Pedri are certainly two players for the future and according to the latest reports, both of them are set to stay at Barcelona for the foreseeable future. At least that’s what the Catalan media are claiming at the moment.
Both youngsters are already officially one of the Azulgranas with the club paying 31 million euros to Sporting de Braga for the former player just months ago and Pedri being secured from Las Palmas last summer. Both, however, stayed at their respective clubs for the remainder of the campaign and are set to join their new squads in the following months.
And in case other teams were wondering whether they could potentially secure a loan deal or maybe even snatch them away on a permanent transfer, Barcelona have reportedly decided both Trincão and Pedri will stay at the club.
The Catalans won’t even listen to any offers and want to see the young gems, 20 and 17 years of age respectively, develop and become stars at the Camp Nou. The rumour mill will undoubtedly keep spinning, especially when it comes to Barcelona, but their stance on the highly talented duo is set to remain unchanged.
Source: Mundo Deportivo
Barcelona don’t lose comeback hope with Messi’s outrageous stats vs Sevilla
Later on tonight, Barcelona will do their best to mount another incredible comeback, this time against Sevilla. The Andalusians were the better team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, winning 2-0 at their home ground. Today, however, they travel to the Camp Nou where they’ll try and keep their lead alive.
And even though we’re talking here about a very strong opponent, the Catalans have reasons to be optimistic. The first one is of course their recent result against that very same opponent. The two sides met in La Liga last weekend and Barcelona snatched up all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory.
This suggests they indeed do have what it takes to edge past Julen Lopetegui’s troops, especially since the game will be played in Catalonia. But there is also one other weapon Barcelona have at their disposal; one that is not exactly a big secret – Lionel Messi.
The little Argentine does feel like a cheat code at times but against Sevilla, that is even more true than usual. After all, Leo has already scored 38 goals and assisted further 19 in just 42 games played against this opposition.
That amounts to 57 goal contributions in 42 games. Even for Messi’s godly standards, that is just an unreal number. With such a player in your team, you can’t help but feel optimistic and hopeful regardless of the opposition.
Of course, we can’t expect Leo to solve games of this magnitude on his own so everyone will have to pull their weight. But even with that being said, if Messi can do what Messi usually does, Barcelona’s ultimate goal becomes that much easier to reach.
With morale high and players ready to tango, it should definitely be a thrilling contest to watch.
Let’s hope Ronald Koeman gets it right. And then, suddenly, the whole season can turn out that much sweeter.