Barcelona vs PSG | Champions League He could play against PSG
Gerard Pique‘s return has been carefully managed and the timing perhaps couldn’t be better, with the news that the defender could feature against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.
Pique‘s value to this Barcelona squad goes beyond his impact on the pitch, but there are risks too in his return. Here, we weigh up the pros and cons.
The pillar returns
Pique is a giant at the heart of the Barcelona defence, providing leadership, reading of the game and an aerial ability at both ends of the pitch.
Playing from the back
In his absence, the Blaugrana have missed his ability to play out from the back, and the team’s overall play is more assured and controlled with Pique in the side.
A mental boost
For fans and teammates alike, Pique‘s mere presence would provide a lift as he represents what Barcelona are about on and off the pitch. His passion is infectious, too.
Champions League player
Pique‘s experience in Europe’s premier club competition is invaluable, with more than 100 matches under his belt. Also, he has never been knocked out at the last-16 stage.
Risk of a setback
The main argument against Pique featuring against PSG would be the risk of an injury relapse. After a carefully managed rehab programme, it is vital that he is 100 percent ready.
Lack of match fitness
The 34-year-old has been out for 87 days due to injury and this would be a hugely demanding match to be thrown straight back into after such a layoff, especially with the firepower in PSG‘s attack.