Barcelona vs PSG – Champions League Will face Barcelona for the first time
An injury-hit Paris Saint-Germain have arrived in Spain for their clash with Barcelona in the Champions League, and they will be without Angel di Maria and Neymar.
The Brazilian’s absence especially weakens Mauricio Pochettino‘s team in a tie where the Parisian club will hope to gain revenge for the humiliating defeat to the Cules in 2017.
In that tie, Kylian Mbappe was not yet a PSG player. He was developing at Monaco before arriving at the Parc des Princes. Neymar wasn’t there yet either and it was the former Santos prodigy who orchestrated an epic comeback that will forever live in the memory of Barcelona fans.
Neymar will not be there against Barcelona on Tuesday night, but Mbappe will. The PSG fans will place all their faith in the French forward as they continue to dream of their first Champions League in club history, something that was so close last season but which Bayern Munich snatched away from them.
It will be the first time that Mbappe has ever played against the Blaugrana, so the Frenchman will be extremely motivated. If Mbappe wants to aspire to be one of the best in the world and heir to Lionel Messi, he has to prove it in matches like this.
Within the offices of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, they will be closely following what the Frenchman does.
So too will the Real Madrid supporters who wish to see just what Mbappe is capable of in such a demanding tie, where the decisive players have to appear to lead their team to the quarter-final stage.
Mbappe‘s form ensures he arrives into this tie in a good moment, with 16 goals in Ligue 1, although he has only amassed two in the Champions League this year. That is something he hopes to improve upon as the knockout stage begins.
The forward is PSG‘s star and has been given such status by Pochettino, especially in the absence of Neymar and Di Maria. There is no doubt that he has to be the main threat for the French champions.
His renewal is still pending with PSG, with his current deal expiring in June 2022, and a stellar performance against Barcelona could facilitate an earthquake regarding his future.
Real Madrid wouldn’t hesitate between Erling Haaland or Mbappe if the Frenchman shines against Messi and company.
The Frenchman could be that franchise player for the next few years, the one that Los Merengues have so badly longed for since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.