The Champions League returns with a bang on Tuesday night as two European heavyweights go head-to-head in a mouth-watering round-of-16 tie.
PSG journey to Barcelona in what’s the decide of the spherical’s motion and there are some famous person names on present.
Lionel Messi, many individuals’s ‘Best of All Time’, will hope to placed on a masterclass towards the Parisians, who’re with out his former Barca teammate Neymar on account of damage.
PSG do, nonetheless, boast arguably the inheritor to Messi’s throne because the world’s greatest, with Kylian Mbappe set to strut his stuff in Catalonia.
Maybe essentially the most fascinating angle within the build-up to kick-off is Mauricio Pochettino’s return to Champions League soccer.
The previous Spurs boss is taking cost of his first European match in round 15 months and he comes up towards the famous person that he has supposedly been appointed to lure to Paris in the summertime.
Messi will turn out to be a free agent on the finish of the season and hypothesis is rife about the place he may very well be heading subsequent, with PSG, Man City and even MLS touted as attainable locations for the Barcelona famous person.
Final month, South American soccer skilled Tim Vickery mentioned he was adamant Pochettino was appointed by PSG to carry his compatriot to the Parc des Princes.
“There’s little question in my thoughts that they’ve sacked the German Thomas Tuchel and bought Pochettino in to try to make it enticing for Messi,” Vickery instructed talkSPORT.
“For me that’s been a driver of the transfer. Messi to PSG simply makes a lot sense – the Premier League is simply too late for him.
“If he goes to PSG he can dose himself just a little bit for home league and he’s nonetheless recent for what actually issues to him, which is the enterprise finish of the Champions League and yet another crack on the World Cup.
“If he goes to Man City, the Premier League is so relentless.
“He’s simply misplaced just a little little bit of that acceleration pace and it now could also be just a little bit too late.”
Maybe extra apparently is that Messi might have truly PLAYED with Pochettino throughout the latter’s taking part in days, however a deal in the end did not materialise, as Poch recalled in 2018.
“I keep in mind that summer time, he was so near transferring to Espanyol,” Pochettino mentioned. “If he did, perhaps he might have been the largest star in Espanyol.
“We ought to be the Barcelona! He would have been my teammate and perhaps I’d nonetheless be in Espanyol managing him.”
The doorways closed on the transfer, as Barcelona shortly realised they’d a boy surprise within the ranks who turned 18 that summer time and was contracted to 2010.
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