The attention of football fans and fans from all over the world is heading to the “Princes Park” this evening, Wednesday, in the second leg of the Champions League final, between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
The French champion won a historic victory (4-1) in the Blaugrana stronghold “Camp Nou”, and the Catalan team seeks to compensate for this defeat in the second leg.
Keeping the Catalan team clean net in the face of today, the biggest challenge will be for the Dutch coach Ronald Koeman’s squad, despite the difficulty of the matter.
If Barca receives a goal in the net, especially in the first half, the team’s focus may be distracted and his dreams at Remontada may end.
Barça misses the services of Pique and Araujo, which affects the strength of the defense line, but coach Ronald Koeman is expected to rely on the trio of Lenglet, Umtiti and Minguiza.
Given Koeman’s adoption of the 3-5-2 method in recent matches, we find that in the last 3 matches against Seville and Osasuna, the team has not conceded any goal.
Circumstances will force Coman to rely on Umtiti, despite his extreme slowness, in order not to lose the efforts of De Jong or Busquets in midfield, where the two can play in the center of defense in emergencies.
It is possible that Koeman will push Griezmann instead of Dembley by Messi in the offensive line, especially since the former Atletico star performs better defensive roles.
Barcelona is a team that creates many opportunities in every match, which is one of the most important weapons of the Catalan team in the match, so taking advantage of these opportunities by early registration will be a special step.
Early scoring will confuse Paris Saint-Germain players and put them under severe mental pressure, which the Catalan team will have to use in order to increase their goalscoring yield.
Returning to the first-leg match, we find that Barcelona missed a valuable opportunity to kill the match. After he scored with a goal, Osman Dembele wasted the opportunity to score the second, so Barca got the equalizer, which brought the guests back to the match that ended in four.
Messi’s brilliance is
always the Argentine is the magic wand for the Catalan team, to save him in such difficult situations, and to pull the team wagon.
Barcelona needs, for Messi to be in full focus to present his best level, in order to achieve the awaited Remontada, and to cross the quarter-finals, whether by scoring or making goals.
The Pulga is the player in the history of the Champions League to score the most goals in the final round of 28 goals, and he is the most player to score goals in one match in this role when he scored 5 goals against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, a record that raises the optimism of the Catalans before the signing.
Barcelona suffers from a real crisis in set balls this season, as the team does not succeed in dealing with it to avoid receiving goals, which is something coach Koeman is asked about.
The PSG is using these balls well to score, and this actually happened in the first leg, as Barça lost the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao, so it will be necessary for the Barca defenders to focus well to avoid these goals.
The Barça must also take advantage of the corner corners to score, as the team gets in every match a large number of corners, and does not take advantage of them.