PSG – Barça: why the Parisians should be wary of the Catalans?

• Because the remoradas are part of Barça’s DNA

If Barça showed a rather dull face in the first leg by not showing a great quality of offensive or defensive play, it should not be forgotten, the Barcelona are pros of the comeback. Since the painful that was inflicted on Parisians in March 2017, until the last, on Wednesday March 3, 2021 against Sevilla in the King’s Cup, the remoradas are Catalan specialties that are part of Barça’s DNA.

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In 2021, the Catalans have already made two comebacks. The first date of February 3 in the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup. Barça faced Granada. After being led 2-0 for the vast majority of the meeting, the Blaugrana managed to come back a few minutes before the final whistle thanks to the achievements of Antoine Griezmann (88th) and Jordi Alba (92nd) allowing to snatch overtime. Extensions that have been successful for the Catalan club since the Barcelona have qualified for the semi-final with a score of 5-3.

The second remount is much more recent. It dates from March 3, 2021 when the Catalans, after losing the first leg 2-0, managed to advance to the King’s Cup final against Sevilla by winning the second leg 3-0. Even if, “a 2-0 is easier to recover, a 4-1 is something else” As coach Ronald Koeman explained after the Sevilla meeting. The Parisians have been warned and will have to approach this return match seriously.

• Because Dembélé is back in shape

When he is not injured, Ousmane Dembélé is a strong element in the Catalan attack. It didn’t take long for the French world champion to prove it. As soon as he returned from injury on December 29, 2020, the striker showed his finishing skills by finding the net against Eibar on Matchday 16 of La Liga. His goal planted just twenty minutes after coming into play allowed the Blaugrana to snatch the draw. More recently, the young 23-year-old striker took part in Barça’s last comeback against Sevilla by scoring the first goal of the match. In 31 matches played this season with FC Barcelona, ​​Dembélé has scored eight goals and was the author of four assists.

“He is a high quality player who will have to be watched in the second leg.”

Offensive, hard-hitting and proactive, the attacker has the weapons to break through the Parisian defense and can quickly become dangerous as Eric Roy, consultant for Francetvsport explained to us: “He is a player capable of making differences who likes to swallow spaces, he can be dangerous in transitions. He has a bit of a Mbappé profile. They have similarities in their game, in the way they express their football both with speed and with dribbling. He is a high quality player who will have to be watched in the second leg. “

• Because Barça is confident

Yes, FC Barcelona is not at the same level as when it had made its comeback in 2017, but the club can enjoy a good dose of confidence before the meeting against PSG. Indeed, the Barcelona remain on sixteen games without defeat in La Liga, the last dating back to December 5, 2020 during the twelfth day against Cadiz. A dynamic that the players of Paris Saint-Germain do not share since they lost at home against Monaco (0-2) February 21 in Ligue 1. The Blaugrana have also regained good tactical strength. The establishment of a 3-5-2 by Ronald Koeman in the last two games seems to be paying off. Lionel Messi and his teammates have regained great team cohesion and are starting to produce great play.

In addition, the arrival of the new president, Joan Laporta, elected on Sunday March 7, is an opportunity for the club to regain the solidarity that has been missing for several years. Already in office between 2003 and 2010, Laporta is back with the main objective of restoring the image of the club with a quality of play that was the DNA of the club under the Guardiola era. He also comes to replenish trophy cabinet from Camp Nou. Motivated, he clearly announced the color of his ambitions during his speech after his victory by declaring: “let’s go to Paris and see if we can go back up!”

• Because Lionel Messi

The Barcelonans will obviously be able to count on their prodigy Lionel Messi. Little in sight in the first leg despite a goal scored, the Argentine striker has regained legs and efficiency. In the last twelve matches played in La Liga, he is involved in twenty goals with fourteen goals and six assists. Since the loss to PSG on February 16, La Pulga have scored four goals and made three assists in five matches. Good statistics which can give him confidence before the meeting at the Parc des Princes.

If he is in a good light, the one who has planted 24 goals in all competitions this season, can become very dangerous. Whether he is a scorer or at the origin of the action, beware of Messi. Although capable of reversing a match by his talents, he will do everything to avoid the elimination of his team, something which has never happened so early in the competition for fourteen years. “He was transparent in the first leg but if he is touched by grace, as it often happens to him, then PSG have every reason to be wary”, Eric Roy warns.

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