After being out of action for almost 3 months, the 34-year-old Spaniard, Gerard Pique will return soon. He will be back in the lineup against Paris Saint-Germain. Pique has been a crucial part of FC Barcelona for over a decade. He has been their go-to defender when things have gone south for the team.
In the last few months, there is no doubt that the team has missed the veteran’s presence at the defensive end. Additionally, the initial diagnosis suggested that Pique will miss almost 8 months of action!
However, he shattered all records in recovering in less than 3 months. The round of 16 matchup against PSG is expected to be a fierce matchup. Moreover, the team is equipped with deadly attackers in Kylian Mbappe.
What does the return of Gerard Pique mean for FC Barcelona?
After winning the 2014-15 UCL in an amazing fashion, Barcelona have not been able to repeat the same level of success. This season, they will be hoping to finally end their drought, and Pique’s return will increase their chances of achieving that.
But what should the fans expect from him? In simple terms, his job will be to mark the speedy attackers of their opponents. However, there is still a chance that he might re-aggravate the injury.
All things considered, Ronald Koeman (FC Barcelona coach} doesn’t have much choice either. As Samuel Umtiti is struggling with poor form in recent games. But there is some good news for their returning defender.
Both Neymar Jr. and Angel di Maria will be sidelined in this game. However, handling Kylian Mbappe is no easy job either. What are your thoughts on this blockbuster UEFA Champions League fixture? Which team will come out on top? Let us know your views about the game in the comments section down below.