The nightmares continue for Barcelona on the biggest stage as the Catalans were handed 1-4 defeat at home against Paris Saint-Germain.
The most awaited fixture of the UEFA Champions League 2020/21 knockout stages was played out in great fashion as Paris Saint-Germain picked up a massive away win against Barcelona at Camp Nou. Mauricio Pochettino claimed his first Champions League win since becoming the manager mid-season, courtesy of the goals from Moise Kean and a Kylian Mbappe hattrick.
The Catalans were left in tatters at full-time as the travellers’ physicality along with their surreal energy had outdone them for the entire 90 minutes. Despite basking in fine form in the league prior to the Champions League fixture, it was Barca’s defence that cost them the game against PSG. Let’s have a look at some of the talking points from the fixture.
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KYLIAN MBAPPE LIGHTS UP THE CAMP NOU WITH A PHENOMENAL INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE
Kylian Mbappe ran the show for Paris Saint-Germain by finishing the game with a hattrick. It was the 22-year-old’s first-ever fixture at the Camp Nou, a stadium where many great footballers have failed to perform, however, it took Mbappe 35 minutes to score his first goal before finding the net on two more occasions.
His first goal was something that of a masterpiece as the Frenchman dribbled past Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet with the slightest of touches before firing a shot into the top corner past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. His second goal came from a beautiful tactical play as Alessandro Florenzi was played a long ball over the Barca defence to square the ball to Mbappe who was waiting in the penalty box. The former AS Monaco winger went on to finish the game off in style after scoring an exquisite finesse shot that curled into the top right corner past the reach of Ter Stegen.
Despite not having Neymar on the field, Kylian Mbappe shouldered the responsibility to carry the attack and rightfully proved why he is termed as a generational talent. Apart from the hattrick, the 22-year-old contributed immensely during attacking transitions by creating four key passes, completing seven dribbles, and also winning ten duels. An overall gargantuan performance that will certainly go down in the history books of the UEFA Champions Leauge.