Before the match began, Piqué gave a speech to those close to him, tactical concepts and readjustments, also a spiel for Messi because he was not for the chatter but for the game. He wasn't smiling and he didn't start too well because he lost the field draw to Marquinhos. From afar, Mbappé was looking at him, whispering and, unlike Leo, showing that mischievous smile of someone who has a good time and wants to have a better time. Each one was in his place as the eighth of Champions claimed. And the game was taken by Mbappé in a big way, with a hat-trick at the Camp Nou: 22 years and a whole coronation.
Shortly after the match began, someone turned on the radio in the Ter Stegen area. Voices of command, orders, encouragement and even fights, the return of Piqué to the pitch after three months with a knee injury. "That's it, that's it!" He yelled as they pulled the ball clean from the root. "Come out, come out, come out!" He urged Lenglet in a rival onslaught. "How do we get the marks?", He scolded De Jong in a corner; small reprimand that any Barça fan would like to see after what happened two years ago against Liverpool at Anfield , when the team fell asleep for Origi to sentence the tie. Piqué in its purest form; also Piqué as a stopper for Mbappé (and Icardi). Especially hard was his anger at Griezmann. "We're running like crazy!", He released.
Mbappé's crossroads A 'Bolt' with boots at 37 kilometers per hour
Without rhythm because he only accumulated four training sessions, Piqué suffered with Mbappé's starts as he showed right off the bat. Ball over the rear and only poor control of the striker prevented him from facing Ter Stegen, finally the ball cleared by Dest. But little else could do the side, overcome by the mischief of the extreme, only braking with the help of Piqué. And not even with those because Mbappé was a cyclone: he managed to give Icardi an assist that he defined with his ankle; gave Kurzawa a center that demanded Ter Stegen's response; He patented a heel strike after a lateral cross that Piqué once again avoided in time … Until in another start he exposed Lenglet before he sent the ball to the net. It was the tying goal because the first had another signature
Penalty to break
Messi barely participated in the collective game, disconnected before the coverage that the centrals received with Paredes. It also did not help that Barça did not advance the lines with impudence as usual, comfortable with the defense in a few meters as Piqué demanded, but clumsy in the preparation and in finding the 10 between the lines.
So at the beginning, Leo decided to go down to absorb the ball and move the threads. Enough to invent a pass over the defense and to De Jong's career, who was knocked down in the area by Kurzawa in an action in which there was no intention. Leo took four steps back, put his arms akimbo, tightened his left sock, spit and challenged Navas, who hit the side but not the height because Messi hit him to break and high, far from his reach. There, La Pulga did smile. But it was difficult for him to maintain the gesture with Mbappé on the other side of the field.
With a long and powerful stride, Mbappé was the Roadrunner. This was expressed with a shot from the balcony of the area that tickled the post and thus persisted with a slalom down the left wing that Icardi did not finish. But the Frenchman, who at PSG also had to assume the role of boss, did not have enough, Neymar absent due to injury
He did not miss that dead ball that stayed in the area, in a shot that advanced PSG and portrayed again to Dest. Kean did the third to turn off the Barça radio and to understand that it was not a day of laughter for Messi. But that gave Mbappé so much, that he sealed the Barça grave with a hat-trick, with a shot with a thread that silenced Ter Stegen, Piqué, Messi, Barça …