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Real Madrid-bound Kylian Mbappe gives Barcelona a glimpse into the future

Paris Saint-Germain gave Barcelona a taste of their own medicine last night, overhauling a first-leg deficit to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

There’s something special about Luis Enrique and European comebacks.

Seven years after the famous ‘Remontada,’ the Spaniard masterminded another turnaround, albeit in the opposite dugout.

While he had Lionel Messi and Neymar in the iconic 2017, he entrusted PSG’s continental ambitions into the hands of Kylian Mbappe on this occasion.

Alongside the highly motivated Ousmane Dembele, the 25-year-old played a leading role in the Blaugrana’s demolition on their own patch

Heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season, Mbappe gave Barcelona a glimpse into the future, tearing them apart in the second half as Les Parisiens ran out 4-1 victors in Catalunya.

After bagging home a crucial penalty, he landed a knockout blow on the Spanish heavyweights with a late strike, sealing the French side’s first progression into the Champions League semi-finals since 2020/21.

Mbappe’s second-half brace took his career tally to five away goals against Barcelona in the Champions League, showing Xavi Hernandez’s side what they can expect if his transfer goes through.

Only Cristiano Ronaldo scored more goals against a single opposition away from home in the competition’s history.

Ronald Araujo’s first-half expulsion put wind in PSG’s sails, but it takes nothing away from the Frenchman’s superb showing on the ground he could start visiting more frequently from next season on.

The World Cup winners’ scoring exploits against Barcelona make him a perfect fit for Los Blancos, who have been pursuing his signature with vigour for years.

PSG went above and beyond to stop the transfer last summer, yet it feels like they’ve only postponed the inevitable as Mbappe seems destined to wear the coveted white jersey next term.

Last night was perhaps the best audition for the quicksilver forward’s next chapter, establishing him as Barcelona’s nemesis even before the completion of his long-awaited switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.

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