PSG is close to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. This Wednesday, the French host Barcelona, 5 pm (Brasilia time), in Parque dos Princes.
At Camp Nou the home team won the first leg 4 to 1 and could lose 3 to 0 which would still be classified. Nevertheless, coach Mauricio Pochettino took PSG seriously.
– We want to qualify by winning the game, aware that Barcelona have great players and great coaches like Ronald Coman. We have 90 minutes to play, we have to be consistent throughout the game and think that it starts at 0–0.
Once again, Brazil’s Neymar will be embezzled. The striker did not recover from his ankle injury and was vetoed for the match. Pochettino regretted the absence.
– It is not a decision, it is a reality. He did a great job not only to be in that game, but to return as soon as possible. It is a pity because he had a great desire, but he will have to help the team in the French Cup, in the league and also in the Champions League – he announced.
Barcelona goes to the ground knowing the complex task. However, coach Ronald Cowman did not give the points and wanted the Spaniards to focus on the result.
– It depends on how we start, the energy we put on the pitch complicates life for the opponent. It depends on our effectiveness, they showed a lot in the first meeting… We are a team that creates opportunities and has great efficiency, nothing is impossible – I said.
The visitors counted the good leg of Argentina’s Lionel Messi to overturn the French barrier.
Also on Wednesday, Liverpool-ING face Leipzig-ALE in Hungary at 5pm (Brasilia time). The match will again take place in neutral territory due to restrictive measures in the UK and Germany against Kovid. In the first leg, the British won 2–0, with the Germans handing them the command.
Liverpool could lose by a goal difference which would be classified. Coach Jurgen Klopp made sure the Reds were focused on the match.
– We are fine for the match. We will have one day less rest than Leipzig, but I think we will be 100% up to the game – he said.
Leipzig has another good season in the Bundesliga. Now, in the Champions League, the Germans are trying to surprise again like they did last season.