A few months ago, FC Barcelona did not seem favorite for the knockout round of the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain. But today, the scale has rebalanced.

The victory against Alavés this weekend allowed Barça to regain confidence before receiving the Parisians, and to forget Wednesday’s defeat against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey.

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But what must worry the Parisians, it is especially the great form of Lionel Messi since the beginning of the year 2021. Little by little, the Argentinian has gained momentum, and seems ready to carry his team this year.

Since the start of the year, the Pulga have scored nine goals for two assists in all competitions, including a brace this weekend against Alavés to build up confidence ahead of the Champions League.

The captain’s form can only give the Blaugrana confidence ahead of such a decisive Champions League clash, as a Leo Messi in full doubt has never been a good sign before, and the start of the season is proof of that.