When he learned of the result of the draw, Ludovic Giuly was conversing with workers on the occasion of work he is having done at his home. The winner of the Champions League in 2006 in the Blaugrana jersey smiled at the idea of a meeting between his two former clubs (Barcelona from 2004 to 2007 and PSG from 2008 to 2011). Two formations which this season give the impression of being still under construction.
Who will be the favorite of this round of 16 between PSG and Barcelona?
LUDOVIC GIULY. It’s really very complicated and it’s not for me to slip away. Because it will be the game of fear. Neither team is very confident. Frankly, I won’t bet on either of the two clubs. It will be very, very tight. Whoever manages his fear best will pass.
Can PSG make a complex against Barcelona?
What will be complicated is that in Paris, and even if we say the opposite, 6-1 is still in everyone’s mind. Parisians must be uptight as soon as they hear of “remountada”. In the long run, it is exhausting. I don’t think it’s a good thing for PSG to find Barcelona again. This puts additional negative pressure. It is perhaps the luck of Barça.
What is Barcelona worth this year?
You have to be honest: it’s a lot worse than the other years. But beware, this is a team that can end up in the Champions League. There is enough experience at Barça to bet everything on it.
Is Lionel Messi in decline?
We’re talking about Lionel Messi here! He is the kind of player who can eliminate PSG on his own, if he decides to bet everything on an event this season. I do not know whether or not he will stay in Barcelona but it is certain that Europe motivates him. He remains the strong point of the team.
Every time he played against a big opponent in Ligue 1 this year, Marseille, Monaco or Lyon, he has lost. I think that says a lot about Parisian weaknesses this year. A big team can relax on small games. Not on those.
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