In just a few days, Paris Saint-Germain will have the opportunity to get revenge on the club that embarrassed them three seasons ago in the UEFA Champions League.
On this episode of The 1970, recorded during Saturday’s 2-1 win over OGC Nice, I’m joined by my co-host, Marc Damon, to preview the upcoming tie against FC Barcelona in the Round of 16 of the Champions League.
The last time these two sides met was during the Round of 16 of the 2016-17 Champions League. PSG won the first leg 4-0 at the Parc des Princes but went on to lose 6-1 in the return leg at the Camp Nou. Neymar Jr. suited up for the Catalan club at the time but left the following summer for PSG in a world-record transfer.
Unfortunately, Neymar won’t be available for PSG when they return to the Camp Nou on February 16. The superstar was injured last Wednesday in the Coupe de France against Ligue 2 side Stade Malherbe Caen. On the podcast, I express my frustration with that reality and question why Neymar was even in the lineup.
We also look back to that 6-1 defeat in 2017 and debate whether that PSG squad is better than the one that will walk out on the pitch this Tuesday.
Later in the show, we discuss what kind of tactics Mauricio Pochettino should deploy against Barcelona. Should he set up his side to play conservatively or more attack-minded? Who should start for PSG? The decisions Pochettino makes will ultimately determine whether the season is a success or failure.
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