Former Swiss striker Stephane Chapuisat had a heavy hand with Paris Saint-Germain during the draw held this Monday afternoon in Nyon (Switzerland). This gave him one of the two toughest opponents on paper with Atlético Madrid.
Lionel MessiBarcelona! A gold label for the competition, but scratches born of the two clubs' recent rivalry.
The precedents between the Parisians and the Barcelonans - the team that PSG faced the most times in the European Cup (11 times) - go back to the 1990s, with the Catalans winning the Cup final in 1997 (1-0).
Barcelona have also eliminated Laurent Blanc's Paris Saint-Germain twice in the quarterfinals, in 2013 and 2015.
But since then, the tension has gained an additional dimension, at the height of the famous “Remontada” in March 2017: winning 4-0 in the first leg, Paris Saint-Germain sank 6-1 at the Camp Nou, during a defeat history that lasted as long as a cannonball.
Five months later, Paris got their revenge in the transfer window, luring their executioner, Neymar, for a record €222m compensation, much to the chagrin of Catalan fans.
Neymar vs Messi
The Brazilian star has created an invisible bridge between the two cities, as the red phone rings in moments of tension, as happened in August 2019, when “Nye” announced his desire to find Catalonia. Also Read Sang Direkturtoto
Recently, the Brazilian star created new friction, stating his desire to return to play with former partner Messi, at the end of the decade in 2021. But which side of the Pyrenees?
The spleen of the Argentine “Bulga” makes the capital the dream of a new XXL transfer, but its president, Nasser Al-Khulaifi, refused to address the situation of a player who signs with another club.
The expected meeting between Messi and Neymar, if it is decent, will be the attraction of this poster: a duel between individuals, in the absence of strong groups.
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