Close to the Argentine selection, Leandro Paredes and Lionel Messi were a little “connected” to the round of 16 first leg between Barça and PSG. Nothing very bad according to the Parisian environment.
Lionel Messi found several of his compatriots during the Barça-PSG double confrontation in the knockout stages of the Champions League. The time of the two games, he put feelings aside. If he exchanged a warm hug with Angel Di Maria at the end of the return, the Barça striker had clung a little with Leandro Paredes in the first leg (1-4).
An exchange between the two men had made a lot of talk in Argentina. As Paredes was about to take a free kick, Messi stood for long seconds in front of him, glaring at him and obviously some “niceties”. Marco Verratti and the referee invited him to walk away.
“Nonsense that remains on the ground”
The two men crossed again during the return (1-1). Leandro Paredes even received a yellow card for a foul on Messi which will deprive him of the quarter-final first leg. At the end of the match, the former Roma player briefly returned to his tense exchange with the six-fold Golden Ball. “These are things of the match, nonsense that remains here, on the pitch,” Paredes explained to ESPN Argentina.
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Nothing too bad for two players who have forged a good relationship with the Albiceleste. Depending on the health rules, the two men could very quickly find themselves in selection during the gathering at the end of March. In the meantime, Paredes was delighted with the Parisian qualification.
“We tried to play against, he explained. Barcelona put in a lot of attacking players and got a lot of chances, but we played the game we had to do. We are happy because the The objective was to qualify and we achieved it. It was a different game from the first leg but the important thing was to qualify and we did it. “