Barcelona Hosts PSG As Champions League Resumes
Barcelona will have Lionel Messi in his best form this season as the team resumes its campaign in Europe’s top club competition.
The Argentine great has scored nine goals in his last nine matches in all competitions, including a brace in the 5-1 rout of Alavés on Saturday.
It however remains unclear if coach Ronald Koeman will have Gerard Piqué or Ronald Araújo back from injuries to boost the team’s defense. PSG also has injury concerns.
Both Neymar and Angel Di Maria are out, putting pressure on Kylian Mbappe to carry the attack.
Mbappe scored twice in the 5-1 win against Istanbul Basaksehir back in December — when the Turkish side had nothing but pride to play for — but more telling is that Mbappe had not scored in the nine previous Champions League games dating back to November 2019.
Without his two main creators, Mbappe will be heavily reliant on Marco Verratti pushing up as a makeshift playmaker. That makes Barcelona’s…