The absence of Neymar: Will FC Barcelona repeat its great victory?
The absence of Neymar, the brilliance of Messi, and the return of Pique, probable the victory of FC Barcelona in front of Paris Saint-Germain.
Saint-Germain will visit Barcelona tomorrow, Tuesday, in the first leg of the 16th round Champions League, and Brazilian Neymar was supposed to return to the stadium, which 4 years ago witnessed his brilliance in the Barcelona shirt and his contribution to the landslide victory 6-1, after defeat Barcelona 4-0 in the go interview.
However, the Brazilian star will be the most prominent absentee from Tuesday’s match, which was supposed to be his first in the “Camp Nou” since his departure from Barcelona at the end of the 2016-2017 season. Neymar suffers from a muscle injury that will keep him out of action for about a month.
On the other hand, the Argentine star Lionel Messi is at his best this season, scoring 8 goals in his last 5 matches with Barcelona in the Spanish League.
Barcelona is better than all of its rivals in the Spanish League in terms of scoring results after its players scored 49 goals in the competition.
But the team faces great problems at the level of defense, as it has conceded 21 goals in the competition so far, which is more than what was received by the net of any team from the first five positions in the competition. The team is also already plagued by numerous defensive mistakes by its players.
In light of this situation, the team’s need for Gerard Pique’s efforts, who was absent from the team since his right knee injury during the Atletico Madrid match on 21 November, increased.
Pique preferred not to undergo surgery. Perhaps the player’s decision was correct, as he participated today in his team’s group training and became a candidate to support the defense in the decisive confrontation tomorrow.