‘The present vs the future’

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‘The present vs the future’: Spanish papers bill Barcelona vs PSG as ‘ultimate showdown’ between Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe with Catalans adamant Champions League tie isn’t a Paris audition for the Argentine superstar
Barcelona take on PSG in first leg of Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday
Spanish sports dailies have billed it as Lionel Messi vs Kylian Mbappe showdown
With Neymar injured and unable to return to the Nou Camp, Mbappe is the star
Barcelona are insisting two-legged tie isn’t a PSG audition for the Argentine
Mauricio Pochettino is quoted as saying PSG are ‘obsessed’ with European glory

The Champions League meeting of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain has been boiled down to a showdown between Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe – at least according to the Spanish newspapers.

All the sports dailies feature the two superstars on their front covers on Tuesday morning, ahead of the round of 16, first leg clash at the Nou Camp.

It may be a little unfair on everyone else involved to boil such a titanic contest down to just two men but that’s certainly the favoured narrative as a legend who has won the Champions League four times faces a young pretender dreaming of a first triumph.

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