Europe under the spell of the Mbappé-Haaland duel, the anger of CR7 or the reasons for the Barça debacle on Tuesday evening, find in your Foot Mercato press review the latest information from the European sports press.
Europe under the spell of the new Mbappé-Haaland duel
For 10 or even 15 years, we had the right to duel Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi across Europe. Did this week of the Champions League give birth to the duel of the next decade? Tuesday evening, Kylian Mbappé offered himself a hat-trick on the lawn of FC Barcelona in the round of 16 first leg. Last night, Erling Haaland responded with Borussia Dortmund with a brace and an assist in his team’s 3-2 victory in Sevilla . For Marca , the Norwegian is the other animal of this week of the Champions League. He responded to Mbappé in their duel to determine who will be the new European king. This duel ignites everyone, as far as Russia where Sport Expresswrites that Haaland rushed to respond to Mbappé yesterday. The confrontation has only just begun.
The wrath of CR7 after the defeat in Porto
Surprise defeat yesterday for Juventus on the lawn of FC Porto (1-2). The Old Lady made unusual mistakes, giving the Portuguese team two goals in this Champions League round of 16 first leg. Fortunately for the transalpine press, Juve could count on Federico Chiesa who maintained hope with his goal in the second half. But the country’s media also return to Cristiano Ronaldo’s anger after the meeting. Like the Tuttosport title this morning, the Portuguese let his rage burst, because a penalty was refused at the end of the match. For the Corriere dello Sport , it was “Cristiano’s black evening”. All of Italy now hopes that he will be more successful in three weeks in the return match in order to qualify the Old Lady for the quarter-finals.
The reasons for the sinking of Barça against Paris
There will be a before and an after Barça-PSG (1-4), at least on the side of Catalonia. Because this morning, the Spanish press is still pulling red balls on this FC Barcelona team which was no match for PSG. Mundo Deportivo is trying to explain the reasons for this 3-point debacle this morning. The first is the physical level of the Blaugranas, well below that of the Parisians. The second is played at the tactical level where the Barcelona were often unbalanced throughout the meeting, especially during the French offensives. Finally, the mental point is also important. Mbappé’s quick equalizer did a lot of damage to the Catalan heads, the team then plunged into doubt. For L’Esportiu, this shipwreck, the press saw it coming. Especially after the disturbing Copa del Rey defeat against Sevilla. Finally, according to Sport , the Blaugrana model must change. We must once again rely on young people (Fati, Araujo and Pedri) in order to build the future. Because the site is immense.