Tuesday , October 4 2022

Saint-Germain Paris back to the wall


While Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona on Tuesday may make it into the eliminated stages of the Champions League in their own right, Paris Saint-Germain is threatened with Out.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel is required on Tuesday night (picture: KEYSTONE / EPA / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON)

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel is required on Tuesday night (picture: KEYSTONE / EPA / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON)


Last year Borussia Dortmund unsuccessfully and without a victory in the Preliminary Round of the Champions League failed. Neither was successful in both games against APOEL Nicosia. This year, everything under Swiss coach Lucien Favre is different. Already in the 4th round of the BVB you can create a qualifying round for the elimination round. The victory over Atletico Madrid is certainly enough. In the draw or in the defeat, Dortmund will be prematurely prematurely terminated if the second match between Monaco and FC Brugge ends in the draw.

Exactly the same starting position is FC Barcelona in Group B. Spanish champions compete with the second best place in Inter Milan. In the second game they meet the unsuccessful Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven. Like Dortmund and Barcelona, ​​Atlético Madrid and Inter Milan will be able to reach the last sixteen on Tuesday. with a home win and a parallel draw in the match of the second group.

PSG on a delicate mission

Emphasis is put on Tuesday, but the team that was counted in the summer of favorites, but now before the last chance is played: Paris Saint-Germain. If the French champion in Naples loses, he is basically excluded. He would only have theoretical chances at Fernduell with Liverpool FC and Napoli. "This game will be a small war for us", tried to secure the Paris captain and defense boss Thiago Silva.

Staying with the Battle: PSG is currently fighting on various fronts – not just with great skill and success. There are "football leaks" that revealed documents last week that a club funded by Qatari has escaped the Champions League a few years ago thanks to big concessions from UEFA. Given that PSG has consistently violated the requirements of financial fair play, UEFA investigators are now studying the documentation. In any case, the management of the Paris clubs is not sleeping these days. As far as European competition is concerned, the PSG could still be much higher in the coming weeks than on the Naples lawn.

Antics and Discipline

Another site for the sovereign leader Ligue 1 is the neglected appearance of some stars in recent weeks. While surprisingly quiet around Brazilian Neymar, others made negative headlines. Italian deputy Marco Verratti, for example, was stuck in a police car in a drunk state last week just two days before a big match against Lille. Several days before, German coach Thomas Tuchel had Kylian Mbappé World Championship and Adrien Rabiot's semi-legged half-leg was deleted from the Olympique Marseille rivals. Two young stars late at a team meeting.

All of these players did not affect the results in Ligue 1. The PSG leads after 12 rounds with a maximum point – eleven points ahead of the first pursuers of Montpellier and Lille. But internationally, the team is struggling and is now at risk for the first time since the club is controlled in Qatar (2011) to win the Champions League sixth in the Champions League.

However, indifferently, there is an open inner cock or unprofessional behavior outside the responsible field. Few experts believe that the major differences in the French league are particularly damaging. After the first stage in Paris against Napoli, which PSG did not lose with great luck (2: 2), Le Monde daily said: "Napoli has shaken the PSG, the Parisians were not used to this championship.

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