You’re not supposed to be able to come back from the humiliation of blowing a 4-0 lead, yet, this season, Paris Saint-Germain can do exactly that.
In 2017, PSG met FC Barcelona in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League and won the first leg of the tie 4-0 at the Parc des Princes. In the return leg, Barcelona won 6-1 and advanced in the tournament. Fans who bet against PSG using a 22Bet registration bonus were likely thrilled with their decision. The defeat was humiliating and to this day, fans of Les Rouge et Bleu still have to hear about La Remontada.
The result forced PSG to go big and the following summer, they paid Neymar Jr.’s buyout and brought the superstar from Barcelona to the French capital. That wasn’t enough though. With Neymar out injured, PSG suffered another humiliating Champions League defeat, this time to Manchester United.
Last season, PSG did reach the Champions League final but lost 1-0 to FC Bayern Munich. They’ve yet to win the most prestigious trophy in club competition while Barcelona has done so five times.
This season, PSG could finally hit Barcelona where it hurts. The two clubs will battle once again in the Round of 16 for the first time since Neymar joined PSG. Defeating the Catalan club would go a long way to quieting La Remontada banter on social media. But wait, it could get a lot better.
Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest football of all time and the pride and joy of Barcelona, is coming to the end of his contract this summer. Prior to this season, it was reported Messi wanted out of Barcelona and many assume that he could finally leave his boyhood club at the end of the season for a new challenge.
Neymar has publically stated that he wants to play with Messi again and when you consider the number of teams who could afford his hefty wages, PSG suddenly becomes a strong contender.
So, in 2021, PSG has the opportunity to defeat Barcelona in the Champions League (and hopefully go on to win the tournament) and then reunite Messi with Neymar, two Barcelona icons, in Paris for the next few years. Blowing a 4-0 lead stung but this would go a long way to burying those Remontada demons.
Of course, things could go the opposite direction and it could be more humiliation for PSG. But, with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm and Neymar playing some of the best football of his career, things are looking up for PSG while Barcelona’s future is very much unknown as they’re 10 points off the lead in La Liga and their superstar very likely departing this summer.
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