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(CNN Spanish) – Paris Saint-Germain left Ronald Koeman's Barcelona on the brink of elimination in the Champions League. The victory of the Parisian team away 4 to 1 gives Mauricio Pochettino's team a wide margin of error for when the return leg is played in the French capital
The return is played on March 10, and Lionel Messi and company are obliged to score four goals in the Parc des Princes to avoid elimination in the round of 16. In addition, this defeat has a special flavor: it could have been the last time we see Messi play a Champions League game at the Camp Nou and with the Barcelona jersey.
It is not yet known what decision the Argentine will make when he Terminate your contract, which expires on June 30. However, his intention to leave Barça at the beginning of the season , added to the current poor performance of the team under Koeman, could be enough for Messi to want to change of scene
Barça has two ways to prevent this from happening. It was the last Champions League game with Messi at the Camp Nou. The first is to avoid elimination against PSG, although Kylian Mbappé's hat-trick and a goal by Moise Kean have left that task too uphill for the Blaugrana team. Above all, taking into account that Pochettino's men could recover Neymar, who missed the first leg due to injury.
The other way for Barça is to prevent Messi from leaving in June. However, the team is far from its objectives: on the verge of elimination in the Champions League, with an adverse result in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal (lost 2 to 1 with Sevilla), and third in La Liga. , with 8 points less than the leader Atlético de Madrid.
Barça's destiny in this Champions League is not marked. Nor that of Messi with the culé team. But until "La Pulga" decides what his future will be, an uncertainty will remain in the minds of the Barça fans: was this Messi's last Champions League game defending Barcelona at the Camp Nou?