Round 16 of the 2021 UEFA Champions League has finally begun. In Leonel Messi's home, PSG star Kylian Mbappé devastated Barcelona. Three goals at the Camp Nou in the knockout stage had never been scored by anyone. 111 goals with PSG, which at just 22 years old meant third place all time in the entire history of the club's scorers, and tenth goal for him in the knockout phase.
But above all what seemed to all intents and purposes a handover. Messi scores, but the brightest star is the Kylian phenomenon. Spearhead of a Psg without Neymar but choral. A wonderful assist from Marco Verratti. Moise Kean plays great and scores.
Watch out for the return, already in 2017 the PSG had made four to the Catalans only to succumb in the famous 6-1 of the return, but it was another Barça. Today's one, on the other hand, seems to be at the end of a cycle.
In the most difficult moment of recent months, Liverpool puts a noticeable push against Leipzig and the crisis and puts a half seal on the passage to the Champions League quarter-finals. The 2-0 victory over the neutral in Budapest is worth gold for the Reds who find verve, enamel and cynicism taking advantage of a Leipzig not exactly attentive in the defensive phase but still a formidable team for the quality of play expressed and for the skills of a coach like Nagelsman who, certainly, will not consider the discussion closed.
At Anfield, Liverpool will need a shrewd game to yield such a precious success.
Kylian Mbappé among PSG, Real Madrid and Liverpool
The Frenchman Kylian Mbappé could renew his contract with his country's capital club PSG.
The club hopes to persuade him to stay. The world champion evaluates every prospect because if he signs, he said, it's to stay in Paris for a long time. Him maybe with Neymar, and maybe with Lionel Messi. For days the French media have criticized him for dribbling and useless plays, complaints towards his teammates who did not pass the ball well.
The 22-year-old responded with brace and assists in a 4-0 win against Montpellie. Mabppé said: "The criticisms were right because I didn't live up to expectations. I discuss with the club to identify the project.
I'm thinking because if I sign it is to invest in the long term with the PSG. I am very happy here, I always have been. The club and the fans have always supported me and I will always be grateful to them. But I have to reflect on what I want to do in the coming years and where.
I'll have to make a decision soon. I don't want to buy time, if I already had it I would communicate it. I don't want to sign a contract and leave the following year because I didn't really want to sign. If I sign it is to stay.
And all this deserves reflection." The Frenchman may alternatively consider the possibility of becoming the star of Real Madrid, the most prestigious club in the world, where he would perhaps collect the legacy of the teenage idol CR7, under the orders of the other childhood idol Zidane.
The Parisian already speaks perfect Spanish, but also English which would facilitate his settling into the Premier League where Liverpool, another historic club run by the charismatic Klopp, has already taken a few steps towards him.