The young Catalan midfielder and his teammates crushed Alavés on Saturday night (5-1) three days from welcoming the Parisians to Camp Nou, in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League.
If the PSG did not completely reassure against Nice (2-1) before finding Barça in the Champions League, this is not the case of the Catalans. Easy winners of Alavés on Saturday night (5-1), they were full of confidence and forgot their poor performance against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey (0-2).
Holder for the second time this season in La Liga, Riqui Puig played the entire match and is looking forward to receiving the Parisians. “We can’t wait to be there, we want to be up to the task and I’m sure we’ll have a great match,” warned the young midfielder (21), trained at La Masia.
Dismissed by Ronald Koeman, who even accused him of being a “mole” in the locker room, Puig returned to the good graces of the Dutch coach by taking advantage of the many injuries in Catalonia (Coutinho, Fati, Sergi Roberto).
11 wins in 13 matches for Barça in 2021
Aligned alongside Sergio Busquets and the very young Ilaix Morba (18) in the midfield, Puig signed a convincing performance and will be a candidate for a starting place against Paris-Saint-Germain.
“I felt at ease. Beside Busquets, the most experienced, everything is easier. He helps us a lot. Playing 90 minutes gives me confidence,” said the young midfielder.
Since switching to 2021, the Catalans have won 11 of their 13 matches, including a perfect seven out of seven in La Liga, where they now sit second, eight points behind Atlético Madrid.