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Neymar vs. Messi in the Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain footballers will find a Spanish club on their way to the round of 16 this competition. And again FC Barcelona is a favorite.

Paris Saint-Germain footballers will find a Spanish club on their way to the round of 16 this competition. And again FC Barcelona is a favorite.

(AFP) – Rough draw! The knockout round of the Champions League to come against FC Barcelona, ​​made official on Monday, revives in Paris SG the nightmare of the “remount” suffered in 2017 … But the news is “reassuring” for its superstar Neymar, affected by a ankle. Former Swiss striker Stéphane Chapuisat had a heavy hand with PSG, during the draw made on Monday at noon in Nyon (Switzerland). He gave him one of the two most formidable opponents on paper, with Atlético Madrid: Barça by Lionel Messi!


(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 12, 2001 Liverpool's French Manager Gerard Houllier holds the FA Cup trophy after his team beat Arsenal in the final at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. - Ex-Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has died at the age of 73, it was announced on December 14, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

Successful coach with PSG and Lyon, but also in England with Liverpool, which he led to a fantastic five-fold in 2001, the former manager, manager and French coach died at 73.


A gold poster for the competition, but scratched with scuffs from the recent rivalry between the two clubs. The antecedents between Parisians and Barcelona go back to the 90s, with the Cup final won by the Catalans in 1997 (1-0). Barça also eliminated PSG twice in the quarterfinals in 2013 and 2015. But since then, the tension has taken on an additional dimension, in the crash of the famous “remountada” of March 2017: winner 4-0 in the first leg, the PSG sank 6-1 at Camp Nou, during a historic rout.

Five months later, Paris took a nice revenge in the transfer window by attracting its executioner, Neymar, against a record compensation of 222 million euros which left the Catalan supporters bitter. The Brazilian superstar has created an invisible bridge between the two cities, where the red phone rings in times of tension, as in August 2019, when “Ney” proclaims his desire to find Catalonia.

Lately, the Brazilian playing master has created new frictions, by affirming his wish to replay with his former accomplice Messi, at the end of his contract in 2021. But on which side of the Pyrenees? The spleen of the Argentine “Pulga” makes the capital dream of a new XXL transfer, but its president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi refused to address the situation of a player under contract with another club.

Antoine Griezmann struggles to regain his efficiency. But, beware of danger ...

Antoine Griezmann struggles to regain his efficiency. But, beware of danger …

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Barça is still recovering from its historic beating suffered against Bayern (8-2) in the quarterfinals of the C1 last August. His current eighth place in La Liga testifies to the scale of the construction site, from defense to attack, where Antoine Griezmann is still looking for his place.

PSG, if he managed to qualify as first in his group, delivered Sunday against Lyon (1-0 defeat) one of his worst performances of the season, recalling that he had not yet found his cruising speed.

The other meetings

  • Mönchengladbach-Manchester City
  • Lazio Rome-Bayern Munich
  • Atlético Madrid-Chelsea
  • Leipzig-Liverpool
  • Porto-Juventus
  • Sevilla-Dortmund FC
  • Atalanta Bergamo-Real Madrid

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