I always was passionate about writing and this is exactly what I am looking for: sharing my insights and opinions on football. His tactical choices have cost him a lot. Whoa... We're sorry! Then, prime Luis Suares showed David Luiz no mercy nestling two shots into the goals. PSG have huge backing from their Qatari owners and are determined to build a team that can dominate in Europe. The two legged ties will be played from Feb. 16. They obliterate it and are crowned Champions by March. We should keep in mind that 80s Serie A was low-scoring and expanded to 18 teams only in ‘88-’89, but even if we do not forget any of these facts, Maradona’s performance as a goalscorer is a far cry compared to his compatriot. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. There is a second goal machine around who was much more than just a centre forward. Enjoy them both. Both Pelé and Messi turmoiled an entire decade each under the sun and were the closest things to each other. Italian champions Juventus will face Porto, Sevilla play Borussia Dortmund and Serie A club Atalanta take on Real Madrid. He, too, was a creative presence of the highest order, while outscoring everyone at the same time. Barça were ruthless with the Nouveau Riche French champions in 2013, 2015, and 2017. After that, they can focus on the Champions League. These cookies do not store any personal information. Let us call this group of players as part of Club 1. The French champions have issues all over the pitch, which, if they can improve in time, then they will surely beat Barça, but the path is long and unbewildered. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. The Brazilian looks like he will be unable to reassemble a PSG side as incredible as the one he assembled nearly a decade ago. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/Pool via … Premier League champions Liverpool will play last year's semi-finalists RB Leipzig. Tuchel played a midfield bereft of creativity and a defence arguably shakier than Barça’s. He may be nearly as good as a finisher but hardly rocks the boat as a creator. It would be fair to say that PSG would not like to play against the La Liga side. Required fields are marked *. A good result against PSG and qualification to the Quarters will help the Catalans go on a good run in the Champions League, the Catalans dearly need their confidence back. The 1988 Motín del Hesperia: can Barcelona now learn from it? However, the Barça sides from yesteryear are a far cry from what Ronald Koeman has managed to conjure. They are the two best players of all time. For the same reason, PSG have also seen their odds slide, from +933 to +1233, on the premise that Barca still has Messi and therefore … They were rather lucky to finish top of their group even though they were nowhere good enough, with the same shortcomings mirroring themselves in Ligue 1. Moving away from the United game, PSG had two abysmal performances against RB Leipzig. Messi’s career, dating back to when he was a teenager in the late 2000s, has been set in relation to two other players: Cristiano Ronaldo, obviously, and, as a historical point of comparison, Diego Maradona. After finishing in the second place in the group for the first time since 2006, the sleeping giants feared most group toppers. Do not get it wrong, the World Cup winner is still an insane talent. 2020-21 UEFA Champions League scores, TV schedule for round of 16: Barca get PSG, Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea And then there were 16 participants for February's knockout stage Leonardo came back as chief executive in 2019 but looks a shadow of his former self. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Away in France, they lost to a generous penalty and bad finishing from their part. Thankfully for the five-time Champions League winners, Bayern got Lazio, Liverpool got RB Leipzig, and the draw pitted Marco Rose’s Borussia Monchengladbach and Pep Guardiola’s City. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Not of all them, though. Your email address will not be published. The Brazilian scored in both legs to get his side through after Erling Braut Haaland showed no mercy in the same game. Not getting the three best group winners was a relief for the Culés. Ronaldo has often been the second best player in the world during Messi’s reign and even had a shout at being no. Edinson Cavani lashed home for PSG on 61 minutes and the quarter-finals looked beyond Barca, but they obviously had not read the script. 8. Moreover, Lens beat them at the start of the term. meREWARDS lets you get coupon deals, and earn cashback when you complete surveys, dine, travel and shop with our partners. Well, after talking about the weak Catalans’ woes, it is time to look at Thomas Tuchel’s men’s problems. 1 on some occasions. First of all, Tuchel is lost at the Parc des Princes. 9 but not a No. The Parisians reached the Champions League final in 2020. Prior to the draw, Barcelona averaged out at +1567 to win the tournament but having been drawn against PSG their odds have now slid to +1800. Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar (centre) is challenged by Istanbul Basaksehir’s Turkish midfielder Mahmut Tekdemir (back) during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir FK at … Now, let’s look at Neymar. Yes, his assists statistics are impressive, but everyone who has actually followed his career knows that he is not much of a playmaking presence. 7 is a No. Barca Universal uses cookies to improve your experience. How can Barcelona have any hope ahead of this tie? PSG Rout Basaksehir In Restarted UCL Match December 9, 2020 20:35 A Neymar hat-trick and Mbappe brace as PSG rout Istanbul Basaksehir in restarted Champions League match Usually, Neymar and co. dominate the league to a fault by this point of the competition. In some important regards he is much closer to being a second Messi than Maradona ever was and Cristiano Ronaldo ever will be. Monaco had a stunning year and won Ligue 1 that campaign. Yes, Messi dropped a bit during 2013-14 and Pelé had problems in 1966, but by and large, they personified the relentless pursuit for never-ending excellence. (Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Christian Radnedge). Leonardo has started a war of words with Tuchel over the preferred postion of Pereira. Discover the Barça's latest news, photos, videos and statistics for this match for the UEFA Champions League match between FC Barcelona - Paris Saint Germain, on the Wed 8 Mar 2017, 19:45 GMT. Finally, Neymar became Paris’ butcher in the 6-1 Remontada in 2017. LAPORTA: BARCA CAN'T MATCH RIVAL BIDS FOR MESSI. A good result against PSG and qualification to the Quarters will help the Catalans go on a good run in the Champions League, the Catalans dearly need their confidence back. They lost their first Classique in 10 years against Marseille at home. Lille have attained momentum, and are first in Ligue 1, while Olympique Lyonnais just beat PSG at the Parc des Princes, and even Marseille could be top after their two games in hand. Your email address will not be published. The clash of Lionel Messi and Barca with last year’s runners-up PSG is a repeat of their remarkable meeting at the same stage in 2017 when Barca … There were significant ups and downs. Man United wins again at PSG; Messi scores in Barca rout United reproduced its stunning exploits from the 2018-19 competition by beating PSG away thanks to Rashford's 87th-minute strike in a 2-1 win Mbappe after the match said the time was right for … The last-16 draw triggered a big tilt in odds for a couple of the European giants. Football history has known two free-scoring, free-assisting, free-creating, relentless performance machines. Neymar bagged the Man of the Match award when Barcelona pulled off the La Remontada (The Comeback) over PSG three years ago in the same competition. Barcelona have stopped them thrice. And by context, it is easy to guess that the man in question is none other than Pele himself. The clash of Lionel Messi and Barca with last year’s runners-up PSG is a repeat of their remarkable meeting at the same stage in 2017 when Barca … PSG-Barça, 8e de finale aller de la Ligue des champions, c’est ce mardi (20h45) au Parc des Princes ! Pelé, Messi, and Ronaldo are several notches higher than the 1986 World Cup winner when it comes to consistency. The Brazilian is one of the best players in the world. UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draw: Barcelona to face PSG, holders Bayern to take on Lazio The clash of Lionel Messi and Barca with last year’s runners-up PSG is … Barcelona’s loss to Juventus frightened Culés for many reasons, and rightly so. In a rematch of their classic encounter at the same stage four seasons ago, Barcelona will face Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Paris and Barça have a bit of a history in the competition. The late 50s and early-to-mid 60s Pelé, in particular, is a player that, while obviously being very different from the players of today (his heyday was 60 years ago, football has changed), can for his own time claim to have ascended to the same kind of heights as Messi. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. In a recent obituary of Diego Maradona, Jonathan Wilson of Guardian wrote that Maradona “was great for perhaps four seasons”. The clash of Lionel Messi and Barca with last year’s runners-up PSG is a repeat of their remarkable meeting at the same stage in 2017 when Barca … In the end, if they can show their quality against Barça despite all the adversity, they might go on and reach the promised land. After having missed a penalty only seconds earlier, Lionel Messi headed the ball over the line to level the score against Valencia. When Neymar is at his best, he is arguably the best player in the world. That is not to say that they one cannot discuss who was better, Messi or Pelé. Copyright© Mediacorp 2020. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. The UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir resumed on Wednesday afternoon, but before being opponents, both teams shared a moment of unity. Watch the 2016-2017 FC Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain Champions League Round of 16, 2nd leg full match held at Camp Nou (Barcelona) on Footballia Koeman’s men are eighth in the league and have only drawn Paris because they finished second in the group. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This year, PSG do not look like one of Europe’s biggest forces, and they do not even have Ligue 1 secured to focus on one competition. Champions League | Barca vs PSG headlines last-16 match-ups AFP Paris, December 14, 2020 22:51 IST Updated: December 14, 2020 22:58 IST AFP Paris, December 14, 2020 22:51 IST PSG qualified for the last 16 of Europe's leading club competition, despite the match being suspended and then rescheduled, after Manchester United lost 3-2 at Leipzig. In his second year, Leonardo brought in Danilo Pereira, who is yet to replicate his earlier form, a promising but lost striker in Moise Kean, a complacent Mauro Icardi and Alessandro Florenzi. They lost it narrowly to Bayern, who beat Barcelona 8-2 en route to the treble. Barcelona could not have faced PSG at a better time, for the capital outfit are going through similar problems as the Blaugranas, and are at the nadir of their powers. They have started the season appallingly, and the eyebrows have begun to be raised over the Dutchman’s future already. Perhaps more importantly, it marks the return of Neymar to Barcelona since leaving for PSG prior to the the 2017-18 season. The draw for the Champions League round of 16 took place on Monday, after Barça’s shaky win against Levante. It wasn’t the most beautiful goal, but it was a historic one. Ronald Koeman, a Barça legend as a player. With their captain not wanting to be at the club, and linked with PSG themselves, and a squad bereft of confidence and tactics, chances looks bleak for Barcelona. "For more than 15 years PSG has led the fight against discrimination and continues to work to eradicate it in all forms." Reports are saying that the talisman might be out for thee weeks, but it looks far from official, which is scary for the Parisians, who do not look like the same team without the #10. This scenario looks just like the 2017 season. Maradona was also much less of a goal threat. Something similar applies to the other members of Club 1. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. However, his return to the Camp Nou might be in jeopardy. The last time Barca won the tournament, back in the 2014-15 edition, PSG were one of the teams they had to get through on their way to the title in Berlin. This service is not intended for persons residing in the EU. PSG won the match 5-1 bolstered by a Neymar hat trick and two goals from Kylian Mbappe. IMAGE: Lionel Messi's Barca had beaten PSG at the same stage, overcoming a 4-0 first leg loss to beat the French club 6-1 in Spain. Barcelona will face Paris St Germain while title holders Bayern Munich are up against Italy's Lazio in the last 16 of the Champions League after UEFA's draw was held on Monday. Copyright © 2017 - 2020 Barca Universal -. Thanks for the feedback. The winger has nearly perfected his game, and he is Paris’s hope when things go south, and he demonstrated it against Borussia Dortmund last year. In 2013, they eliminated a competent PSG side on away goals. Mediacorp Pte Ltd. All rights reserved. 10, and certainly not a No. There are genuine reasons for choosing these two players. Finally, Lyon dominated the play away from home to overtake them in the league. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Neymar clinched a unique piece of Champions League history on Wednesday as he reached 20 goals for Paris Saint-Germain with a hat-trick against Basaksehir. Bordeaux could have beaten them had they not missed their finishing boots, while Monaco came back from 2-0 down to beat Tuchel’s men 3-2. For exactly four days they occupied the joint first place in the all-time ranking of players with most goals scored for a single professional football club. Barcelona 6–1 Paris Saint-Germain, also known as La Remontada ("The Comeback"), was the result of the second leg of a UEFA Champions League tie which occurred on 8 March 2017 at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. All in all, Paris Saint-Germain, while not being the best side to face with Barça’s shortcomings, are not as terrifying as others. Achievements • Privacy Policy • Cookie Policy • Licensed Images • Partners Copyright © 2017 - 2020 Barca Universal - [email protected]. First, the system on show against the Old Lady was abysmal. Their light shone as bright as we have ever seen and it shone basically forever. And even if Messi wasn’t Argentinian, the Getafe goal alone would justify comparisons to Maradona’s genius. Barça have always had the upper hand, apart from the first ever meeting, back in 1995, when it was PSG that progressed. These results stem from the manager’s tactics, but the current institutional crisis in Paris does not help. Realistically, sides like Bayern Munich, Liverpool or Manchester City could have obliterated Ronald Koeman’s men. When Neymar won a penalty against Istanbul Basaksehir, he gave it to Mbappé, almost too generously. What made this goal special is not so much its role in the largely forgettable 2-2 draw that ensued, but the fact that it was Messi’s 643rd goal for FC Barcelona, the same number of goals Pelé scored for the club of his life, Santos FC. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United tactically outclassed the French side away in Paris. They produced season after season after season of world-class-and-above performances. Barca and PSG On the Slide. By clicking subscribe, I agree to receive news updates and promotional material from Mediacorp and Mediacorp's partners. The French press and fans feel like the coach is too lucky and that his tactical system is incoherent on a lot of levels. Suivez toutes les infos et les conférences de presse en direct sur RMC Sport. After getting his wanted number 9 position, Mbappé looked like a shadow of his winger self. The No. Not the way Barca fans wanted but Neymar is now heavily tipped to help PSG avenge the historic and embarrassing 6–1 defeat orchestrated by the Brazillian himself in 2017. Still, the matched, and now beaten record presents an admirable opportunity to contemplate the two legends and their respective careers. A bit harsh, but it does raise a point: Maradona did not produce a solid decade or more of top performances. Ever since QSI took over the French capital’s club, they have dreamt about winning Europe’s premier competition. In the post-war era, only a handful of players gained access to this club: Ferenc Puskas, Gerd Müller, Cristiano Ronaldo, and, of course, Pelé and Messi. Let’s start with the overall shape of their career. In short, we can say that is not part of the exclusive club of players who averaged a bizarre goals-to-game ratio of nearly 1 for a longer period of time while playing in a highly competitive context. Atletico Madrid will face Chelsea and Manchester City will take on Borussia Moenchengladbach. He usually terrorises Ligue 1 sides, and he has stagnated, not regressed. Fans and pundits thought Mbappé would become a better player than he is now, but he is still performing at a level which is still more than acceptable, and enough to pull a dagger through the Blaugrana heart. The German coach received lots of criticism from the French fanbase because he has simply not done a good enough job. The Catalans suffered a humiliating defeat at Camp Nou, and it was partly because of their tactics. Their names are Pelé and Messi. Also, the result meant Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammates would leapfrog Barcelona in the group and top it. Match ends, Barcelona 6, Paris Saint Germain 1. All in all, Paris Saint-Germain, while not being the best side to face with Barça’s shortcomings, are not as terrifying as others. Following the humiliations against Bayern, Liverpool, and AS Roma, there was only so much that the fan could take. The “Rêvons plus grand” (Dream bigger) slogan has echoed in the French capital, in the voice of, Nasser Al-Khelaifi wanting to make of PSG the best team in the world. For Kylian Mbappe, it feels like the precocious Frenchman has stagnated in recent year. The clash of Lionel Messi and Barca with last year’s runners-up PSG is a repeat of their remarkable meeting at the same stage in 2017 when Barca … But if we study their whole careers, and if we look at the overall player profile, it can be argued that Pelé is actually the more appropriate point of comparison. After getting such a clement draw, compared to what could have been sides, Barça are under a lot less pressure. REUTERS: Barcelona will face Paris St Germain while title holders Bayern Munich are up against Italy's Lazio in the last 16 of the Champions League after UEFA's draw was held on Monday. The Leonardo of 2011 assembled a promising squad and managed to get Carlo Ancelotti, a world-class coach for the Parisians. It looks like the email address you entered is not valid. 1994-95 Champions League Quarter Final Barça 1-1 PSG / PSG 2-1 The 21-year-old went through a goal drought in the Champions League and did not score for 10 games. His 644th goal, which came against Real Valladolid, was a bit worthier of historical significance, too: a coolly taken shot into the bottom right corner after some neat link-up play with Frenkie de Jong and young Pedri. This time around, Paris are part of a title race. As a Lebanese teenager who never had the chance to support their local team, I fell in love with the club that was FC Barcelona at the start of the decade. But what always feels a bit contrived when said about Messi versus his contemporary rival, that we should just enjoy them both, feels more appropriate when it comes to watching the GOAT and O Rei. As PSG lost to Lyon, Thiago Mendes went in with a reckless tackle and Neymar was stretchered off. Barca to face PSG in Champions League last 16 Barcelona will face Paris St Germain while title holders Bayern Munich are up against Italy's Lazio in the last 16 of the Champions League … If nothing unforeseen happens, Messi will add at least a dozen more before the season ends, thereby putting some distance between him and Pelé. The Germans heavily dominated the Frenchmen, and they deserved more than the results they got. However, the Catalans drew a familiar face this time: Paris Saint-Germain. Four days only because, to absolutely no one’s surprise, it took Messi only one further match to pull one goal ahead. Unai Emery’s PSG, utterly lost, shipped six goals to Luis Enrique’s defective Blaugranas. The thing about Cristiano Ronaldo, however, is that while he basically matches Messi as a goal threat, he lacks behind quite considerably in other regards. After looking at the inadequacy of PSG’s board and manager, it is time to analyse the players. 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