Barcelona have been in fine goal scoring form in the recent past few weeks. Can their form help them get PSG in the UCL on Tuesday evening?
After a rather torrid start to the season under Ronald Koeman, Barcelona have somehow managed to turn a new leaf. The Catalans are basking in fine form currently and are in free-scoring spirit: scoring 15 goals in their last five fixtures.
Barca are now slated to face Paris Saint-Germain at the Camp Nou next in the UEFA Champions League following their emphatic victory over Deportivo Alaves that ended 5-1.
The last time PSG faced Barca at the Camp Nou, it ended on a catastrophic note for Les Parisiens. A 4-0 lead was blown away as the Catalans managed to dramatically overturn the tie by winning the second leg with a scoreline of 6-1.
Neymar’s phenomenal performance in that fixture played a pivotal role for Barcelona to perform the unthinkable against his current suitors. However, the Brazilian will not be returning to the Camp Nou on Tuesday evening after suffering from a lesion on his left adductor.
The former Santos winger’s absence will be heavily felt as Mauricio Pochettino would have to rely on Kylian Mbappe instead to find a way to break down the Catalan defence. Paris Saint-Germain have not been at their best this season and were recently handed a shocking defeat against Lorient that ended 3-2.
The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League runners up will have to be wary of Barcelona’s recent goal-scoring form. Lionel Messi could turn out to be the problem man for PSG on Tuesday evening.
The 33-year-old Argentine is on blistering form scoring eight goals in his last five Spanish league appearances. In his last outing, Messi scored a brace and provided an assist in Barca’s 5-1 thrashing of Deportivo Alaves.
Antoine Griezmann has also lately managed to pick pace and could pose to be a problem for Paris Saint-Germain. The former Atletico Madrid forward has managed to score three goals in the last five fixtures and has provided four assists as well. Which clearly shows that Frenchman is basking in red hot form.
Apart from Barcelona’s recent form, Pochettinho has several more issues to worry about before the clash. PSG are without Juan Bernat, Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria, and Neymar Jr. Thus leaving loopholes in the defence, midfield, and attack before the much-awaited bout.
Although the Catalan’s seem to be in better form as of now, Paris Saint-Germain still have hope for a victory if they manage to exploit Ronald Koeman’s leaky defence. Barca have conceded nine goals in their last five fixtures mainly due to defensive errors.
To make matters worse, Koeman will be without Ronald Araujo and Gerard Pique. The burden will be shifted on Clement Lenglet who has been rather inconsistent this season along with the young Oscar Mingueza or Frenkie de Jong as a makeshift centre-back.
The fixture will certainly be an open one for both sides, however, Barcelona might just have an edge over the travelers due to their recent free-scoring form.