Despite having the upper hand in possession, PSG found difficulty in utilizing it effectively, leading to a 1-1 draw against Newcastle. The latter stayed mostly on the defense, making it tough for the Parisians to break through and make a difference.
Bradley Barcola's performance came under the scanner in this match. His play was riddled with issues such as numerous offside positions, missed shots, off-target attempts and imprecise passes. Consequently, he found himself at the receiving end of negative attention on social media.
Moreover, it wasn't just Barcola whose performance was disappointing. Ousmane Dembélé too, was found lacking precision in his final touches. Despite a solid performance from Kylian Mbappé, the lack of support from his teammates held PSG back from securing a win.
In addition to faults in the field, the goalie's performance also suffered scrutiny. Gianluigi Donnarumma failed to keep the net safe, weakly repelling a shot from Almiron, thereby letting Newcastle score. His footwork appears to have worsened, and his saves aren't as reassuring as they once were.
PSG's current form raises legitimate questions about their ability to perform in knockout matches. The team must now secure a result against Dortmund to steer clear of an uncomfortable position.
With Barcola's form in question, talks about a possible return to Lyon in Ligue 2 have begun to stir in the social media circles.