The huge defeat of PSG against Barcelona in the second leg of the Last 16 Round of the Champions League have hurt a lot in France. The press is blaming Unai Emery, the referee and the players. One of the footballers that have been pointed out by the press is Marco Verratti.
The French newspaper L’Equipe blamed Verratti and Matuidi for the defeat at the Camp Nou last week. The journalists said that both Verratti and Matuidi were partying before the game and that is the reason why their performance was so poor.
The footballers are so angry with this information and they are requesting a rectification. Verratti’s agent spoke in Italy about the situation: “The French press should be on their feet and thanking him for playing with PSG. Marco has contract until 2021 and the president affirmed his willingness to build a great team. But it’s also true that my phone keeps ringing…”, Donato di Campli said to Premium Sport.
This speech has triggered all the rumours about Verratti’s future. Real Madrid have always asked about him, especially when Carlo Ancelotti was on the bench. The Italian is one of the most skillful midfielders in the world and his way of playing could be the perfect replacement for Luka Modric.
Verratti, now 24 years old, is playing his fifth season with PSG. Since his arrival with 19 years old, he’s been a key piece in the new project of the French giant. He’s won four Ligue Ones and two Coupe de France, but he has still to win any major European trophy. PSG paid €12M for him to Pescara, when Verratti was only playing in Serie B with Lorenzo Insigne or Ciro Immobile.
After the disaster of Camp Nou, some player might think of leaving the French club. Rabiot, Matuidi, Thiago Silva, Cavani, Di María or Verratti are players who are not use to lose. This shocking defeat could mean that some of them might leave France in summer and Real Madrid should be alert.