The last time when Paris Saint-Germain met FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona washed away PSG with a score of 6-1 and after the end of both legs, the aggregate was 6-5 and PSG were knocked out after having a huge lead in the first leg. PSG was faced huge criticism after that huge loss.
Now back to Yesterday’s clash between the Spanish Giant and PSG in the UEFA Champions League first leg.
It did not look like PSG had any motive to punish Barca by giving a massive comeback in the first half. In the first half, the score remains 1-1 draw. Both the team got several chances to score. But Blaugrana’s attack and midfield play were more accurate than PSG, they did more counter-attacks, better midfield control.
Pedri the young kid had a clearance off the line on a shot from Mauro Icardi which was a great move also K.Navas saved a chance made by Griezmann at the end of a great team move.
In another attack, Barca got a penalty kick and successfully scored by Messi when on a long Ball Frenkie De Jong was challenged by Layvin Kurzawa. Also, in four minutes The Parisians made an equalizer when MBappe showed his brilliance by dodging Gerard Pique on a pass from Marco Verratti and finished with a perfect shot on goal.
Barca made a more direct approach than PSG, Dembele gave a lot of effort to finish a score but the score remains unchanged at the end of the first half.
In the second half, the scenario was fully changed Mauricio Pochettino already understood that it couldn’t possible by his first plan. He showed his brilliance in his next plan to beat the weak Barca defense. Pique just returned from his injury, Koeman didn’t change any plan in the second half no understanding was made in the defense line of Barcelona.
Like the first half, no proper counterattack was made by Blaugrana, the game was getting more congested and become more complicated for Barca at that time. Where, Mauricio used the beauty of MBappe, the attacks from the PSG side were going more concentrated, Mbappe used his pace to defeat Blaugrana’s defense. A long ball found Alessandro Florenzi all alone inside the box, his cross was poorly cleared by Piqué, Mbappé was first to the ball and scored his second goal of the game. After five minutes, Moise Kean scored a free header and PSG had a two-goal lead.
Barcelona made different substitutions to make them a more fresh and stronger team but it was quite late. Also, Barca goalkeeper Ter Stegen was a bit nervous yesterday, he missed several clears and lastly destroyed by Mbappe when great teamwork was shown by Julian Draxler and Mbappé, the third goal in Mbappe’s pocket.
This game indicates that Blaugrana really needs defensive reinforcements and hard work to execute their plans.