Barcelona vs PSG | Champions League Big names on show
Barcelona welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Camp Nou on Tuesday night for the first leg of the biggest and most exciting clash in the Champions League last 16.
As if the teams’ statures were not enough, there is plenty of additional intrigue in this match. Here, we look at the reasons that make it the tie of the round.
It’s no secret that the French club want to sign Lionel Messi on a free transfer this summer when his contract expires on June 30.
The Argentine, however, has yet to make a decision and is currently focused on his great obsession of winning another Champions League with Barcelona, with his admirers PSG currently standing in the way of that dream.
PSG signing Neymar for 222 million euros in 2017 shocked Barcelona, and they have been out for revenge since.
Messi wanted Neymar back alongside him and Barcelona tried to sign him 18 months ago, but the Paris club felt insulted and weren’t willing to negotiate.
Barcelona‘s epic comeback at this stage of the tournament in 2017 is still fresh in the memory, as is PSG‘s view of the refereeing that night.
The French club were frustrated by various decisions by German official Deniz Aytekin as Barcelona trounced them 6-1 at the Camp Nou to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit.
PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino has a long history of rivalry with Barcelona, having first captained then managed Espanyol.
He has in the past indicated that he would never consider managing the Blaugrana.
There is a lot of interest in how Kylian Mbappe does on a stage like the Camp Nou on Tuesday without his co-star, Neymar.
It’s no secret that Real Madrid would love to bring Mbappe to the Spanish capital, and they will be keen to see how he performs against Barcelona.
Keylor Navas, meanwhile, has never hidden his love for Real Madrid and would love nothing more than knocking out his old rivals.