The former Paris Saint-Germain striker touched on the Champions League tie between Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino’s teams.

Barcelona are an average team

Carlos Bianchi has suggested that Barcelona were too dependent on Lionel Messi to succeed in LaLiga and Europe. The former Paris Saint-Germain striker touched on the Champions League tie between Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino’s teams. “Barcelona are an average team,” Bianchi told reporters. “You can see it in LaLiga, where they are third, five points from Atletico Madrid, who just lost to Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League too. The result against PSG did not surprise me. The French side had a great game. Still, Barcelona are at the mercy of what Messi is doing.” Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick in that first leg at the Camp Nou, so why was it so easy for him against Barcelona? “The defence,” Bianchi said. “Mbappe versus Sergino Dest, who is barely an international.”

Leo Messi is still incredible like Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“Then, is Clement Lenglet a great centre half? Gerard Pique hasn’t played for three months. If Barcelona played the same team in the second leg, PSG could have scored five or six goals.” Messi out of contract at Camp Nou this summer, with PSG, one of the clubs involved in signing him. “I don’t know what will happen,” Bianchi admitted. “But I want to see him play. He entertains me and he is older, but he is still capable of dribbling the whole team in some games. He is still an incredible 33-year-old player like Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They are unique.” During his interview with, Bianchi was asked to compare PSG’s Mbappe to Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. “They are strong but different,” Carlos replied. “Erling is more of a goalscorer than Mbappe. But Mbappe will be the best in the world in two or three years.”

 

“He’s more than a goalscorer. For me, he needs to evolve into a club that dominates the ball less. I don’t think Manchester City would be the right team for him – they have too much of the ball.