Paris Saint-Germain’s rich project has been allowing the club to dominate Ligue 1 with ease. However, the Champions League has been a thorn in the side of the French side that has been accumulating consecutive failings on the competition, some of them really embarrassing…
Parc des Princes will host a “big match” behind closed doors
Unfortunately, one of the most anticipated encounters of the 2nd leg of the Champions League’s 8th finals will be played without fans due to safety reasons that have to do with the propagation of the COVID-19 around the world.
It will be truly disappointing to see stars such as Kylian Mbappé, Neymar or Erling Haaland playing on a stadium without any fans in a match that is expected to be highly exciting due to how much is at stake.
And looking at the campaigns of the two teams over the course of the season, we can say that both sides come into this challenge on a good moment of form, having consecutive victories and scoring a lot of goals with consistency.
Moment of truth for Neymar and Mbappé
PSG’s board has been gathering the best players in the world with the purpose of conquering European football, but things haven’t been going well for them on previous seasons.
This season, Thomas Tuchel’s side comes into the decisive stage of the competition with Kylian Mbappé and Neymar both fit at the same time and that can be a great trump card for the Parisian side that counts with 2 of the best players in the planet on the same starting line-up.
Last season, PSG was surprised at home by a young Manchester United side to Neymar’s surprise, who couldn’t believe what he was witnessing from the stands, since he was injured at the time.
6 games and 5 assists in the current campaign by the 21-year-Old #Mbappe is the player to watch out for! Will the prodigy continue to plunder goals?
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Turns out that this time PSG will have their two most lethal attacking weapons to face a Borussia Dortmund side that is very underwhelming from the defensive point of view and is also stronger offensively.
After the 2-1 loss at the Signal Iduna Park, PSG will have to revert the course of the tie at home and Bet365 is currently offering odds of 1.73 for a Parisian victory on Wednesday night, but will that be enough for them to advance?
Well, PSG will need to win by 1-0 or by a 2-goals margin in case Borussia manages to score, something that is somewhat likely to happen.
Because of that, PSG are currently “outsiders” to advance onto the quarterfinals of the competition, with odds of 1.88 when compared to the current odds of 1.62 being offered for Borussia Dortmund to qualify.
But what is the real value of this Lucien Favre’s Borussia Dortmund these days?
Borussia Dortmund is looking to consolidate their defensive process. Curiously, Lucien Favre’s comes into this clash at
a rare period where goals haven’t been dominating their encounters.
On the last 3 matches of the Bundesliga, Dortmund always won with 2-0, 1-0 and 2-1 results and that’s a clear rupture with a recent past where they’ve even had 6 consecutive matches with 4 or more total goals being scored in each.
No nível de concentração conforme as noites de Champions League requisitam, o Borussia Dortmund precisou fazer uma partida de almanaque, ainda que o resultado omita de certa forma, para sair na vantagem contra o PSG. Confira a análise da partida no blog: https://t.co/h9WRMR7rTn
— Muralha Amarela (@muralhaamarela) February 20, 2020
But is this a true paradigm shift or a simple coincidence? If we look to their victory on the weekend at Monchengladbach, we can see that the team from Dortmund was very fortunate to win by 1-2 away from home, allowing 2.6
xG (expected goals) to their opponents.
In a certain way, the club’s manager has been trying to stay on the winning path while he manages the roster in order to be in maximum strength on the upcoming decisive matches.
One of them takes place already this Wednesday in Paris and the German side is expected to mount a strategy clearly focused towards the counterattack in the sense of exploring the foreseeable advance of the French side that will try to
get the victory.
To do that, they count with the stunning speed of Jordan Sancho, Thorgan Hazard and Erling Haaland, that should form a threatening offensive trio on this occasion.
Goals on the menu
Looking at PSG’s offensive power and Dortmund’s quality in exploring the spaces on the back of the opposing defences, I can only imagine an exciting match and with goals from both sides.
Honestly, I believe that the Parisians have more quality and can recover from this disadvantage in the 2nd leg, but with so much talent in play from both sides, anything can happen.