Can Barcelona turnaround their 4 goal deficit at the Camp Nou against PSG

Barcelona enters the second leg of the round of sixteen of the Champions League with a four goal deficit on their backs. No team has ever comeback from 4-0 and advance to the next round.

Can Barcelona make history

“If there is a team capable of overcoming a 4-0, it is Barca” said Luis Suarez in an interview with France Football. “We still have to play the second leg. It is not going to be easy to turn things around, but it is not impossible. We have the quality and the character to come out of this situation.”

Barcelona plays at home with el tridente of Messi, Neymar and Suarez so anything is possible. The energy in the stadium is going to be electrifying. Luis Enrique mentioned that he watched the first leg several times to figure out what went wrong. He does not expect the same defensive breakdowns this time around and more opportunities in front of goal at the other end.

Messi, Neymar and Suarez celebrate a goal vs Leganes
Is PSG ready

PSG is aware of the challenge of playing at the Camp Nou even with a four goal cushion. Playmaker Javier Pastore is targeting a start against Barcelona, a timely boost for PSG. “I am ready to play and I want to play,” said Pastore. “I have no pain anywhere whatsoever.”

Pastore challenges Nancy’s Aït Bennasser

He knows what is going to take to defend the result. “We will go there to win,” Pastore added.”It is going to be a difficult and hotly contested match. We need to be at 100 percent, physically. It will be crucial to defend as a unit when Barcelona are on the attack.”

Keys to a Barca comeback

Barcelona has won four straight matches after the debacle in Parc des Princes. One of the victories came against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon, that kept Barcelona in the title race. They have scored eleven goals in the last two games, a sign of confidence going into this crucial match.

Ter Stegen’s form will be a deciding factor in preventing PSG from scoring an away goal and ending any chance of a comeback. Scoring an early goal is a most to get the crowd involved and for the players to feed off of the energy coming from the stands.

Believe

One last thing: all the players have to believe in themselves and trust that the coaching staff is putting them in a position to succeed. We have seen incredible comebacks in sports in the last few years. I am sure all Cules around the world will be cheering and believing to make this possible.

–Al Milian

 

Matt Harvey returns to the mound on Sunday

Matt Harvey is ready to make his return to the mound in the Grapefruit League as the Mets host the Cardinals in Port St Lucie, FL. The game is scheduled for 1:05 PM and can be watched on MLB.TV.

Harvey’s 2016 season was cut short when he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, undergoing surgery to remove a rib to correct the issue. “Last season was kind of a struggle,” Harvey said when interviewed on Saturday. “Obviously, I want to help this team and contribute as much as I can, and that starts Sunday. I couldn’t feel better.” His goal is to return to the form that saw him pitching in the World Series in 2015 and his All-Star season in 2013.

Collins on Harvey’s return

Manager Terry Collins wants Harvey to take it slow and doesn’t want him to over do it in his return. “He’s had some very, very good bullpen sessions,” Collins said. “I don’t want him to overthrow. I just want him to get out there and get himself in some rhythm where he throws strikes. “I know that he feels good about where he’s at right now, and I just want him to carry it into tomorrow.”

Everybody is anxious to see what Harvey can do on Sunday. Mets fans hope their ace can take them to another World Series appearance. It all starts Sunday at First Data Field, although Harvey admitted he needs until close to Opening Day to know how much progress he has made.

–Al Milian

 

How much better are the Cavs with Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut

Williams and Bogut, welcome to the Cavs

Lebron James is about the get the help he so desperately wanted. The Cavs added Deron Williams on Monday and are expected to sign Andrew Bogut after he clears waivers on Wednesday.

Deron Williams spent the last two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, serving as their starting point guard. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.35 assists in 105 games with the Mavs. The recent signing of Yogi Ferrell triggered the decision to waive Williams, as the Mavs try to build around Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes.

Andrew Bogut arrived to the Dallas Mavericks on a trade made by the Warriors in the off-season. The trade freed up the necessary salary cap space for Kevin Durant’s signing. Dallas was not impressed with Bogut when it decided to package him in a trade to acquire Nerlens Noel before the deadline.

The Cavaliers get an experienced point guard in Deron Williams to back up Kyrie Irving and run the second unit. Williams is going to need sometime to adjust to the new system, 20 plus games should be enough. Andrew Bogut is a good rim protector and defender, even though his offensive game is limited.

How much better are the Cavs

The Cavaliers are going to be a better team once all the pieces come together. JR Smith should come back from injury within the next two weeks, it is a shame that Kevin Love went down. He is expected to return for the playoffs. Is it enough to defeat the Golden State Warriors and repeat as NBA champions? We have to wait to find out, it is too soon to tell.

The Golden State Warriors just lost Kevin Durant for the rest of the regular season. He left the game against the Wizards on Tuesday with a knee injury. Durant should be back for the playoffs, according to the Golden State Warriors. If Durant is not 100% in the playoffs, the Cavaliers would have an advantage if they meet in the finals.