Finally the maximum international competition at club level returns. Finally the Champions League returns. After an entertaining group stage he is back for a knockout round of 16 that have been very close. One of them is formed by Borussia Dortmund and PSG , who will see each other next Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. Both teams arrive in positive dynamics and in the position that, by staff level, corresponds to them in their respective domestic competitions. There is no clear favorite for this tie and anything can happen.
Jadon Sancho and Haaland give hope to a Borussia Dortmund on a roll
That Borussia Dortmund is able to champion in the present Bundesliga by removing the title of a Bayern Munich established on the throne of German football since the 2012/13 season is possible, since they are in the 3rd position just three points from RB Leizpig and of the current Bayern Munich leader. Four victories and one defeat in the last five games of the German team. In the last league match they beat Frankfurt Eintracht 4-0 . Lucien Favre used the 3-4-3 again, and everything indicates that it will be the system used on Tuesday against PSG . Piszczek, Jadon Sancho, Haaland and Guerreiro were the scorers of the match.
The German team finished the group stage in the 2nd position of a group F also formed by FC Barcelona, Inter Milan and Slavia from Prague. The goal was to qualify for the round of 16. Despite sharing a group with FC Barcelona, a Slavia from Prague that has planted all its rivals, and an Inter Antonio Antonio more than exciting, in part, thanks to the Lukaku-Lautaro tandem, the expectations have been met: 10 points, four less than FC Barcelona and three more than Inter itself. Achraf Hakimi has been the top scorer of the team in the group stage with four goals. Julian Brandt and Jadon Sancho also add to the list of scorers, with two goals each.
It looks as if Lucien Favre will opt for 3-4-3 , with three centrals and two lanes that are projected to attack and help in the defensive phase for the match against PSG. Borussia Dortmund, although having not very fast centrals and, therefore, suffering in defensive transitions, usually presses up . In addition, many goals fit . Proof of this, the 11 goals they have received in the last six games. Its strong point is in the last meters of the field, where led by Jadon Sancho are a very dangerous team.
The signing of Erling Haaland has had a great impact on the German team, adding eight goals in five Bundesliga matches. There is no doubt that the most important player for Lucien Favre is Jadon Sancho himself : from any of the two bands, he offers a repertoire of resources with the ball very useful for the team . His 13 goals and 14 assists corroborate him.
Sensational improvement of the PSG compared to previous years in Champions League
The PSG, as is customary in recent years, is the leader of Ligue 1 with 10 points difference over his pursuer , Olympique de Marseille. In the last five games, four wins and one draw. The draw took place last Saturday against Amiens, a team located in relegation positions. With an XI full of substitutes and for pure lack of attitude , the PSG was even with a 3-0 against in the 1st part, but a goal by Ander Herrera on the edge of the break made up a mediocre first half of the French team. Tanguy Kouassi twice and Mauro Icardi turned a score that returned to balance in the 91st minute. The match ended 4-4.
For its part, the PSG established itself as the leader , ahead of Real Madrid, of group A with 16 points. Five victories, among them, two goals scored by 0-5 and 5-0 against Club Brujas and Galatasaray respectively, and a draw against Real Madrid himself at Santiago Bernábeu who placed the team led by Thomas Tuchel in the knockout stages of the Champions League Keylor Navas, the PSG goalkeeper, only conceded two goals throughout the course of the qualifying phase. In addition, they are the third team that has scored the most goals, 17. Only Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland and Harry Kane accumulate more goals than Icardi and Mbappé, who have five under their belt.
According to l’Equipe, Thomas Tüchel will bet on the system he has been using in all the matches of the season, even the most important ones. A 4-2-2-2 / 4-2-4 with much exchange of position in offensive and pressing phase without the ball . It is a very dangerous team in both areas: on the contrary for all the quality they accumulate and, in their own, in the other sense, because of the insecurity they offer. Along with, to a lesser extent, Mbappé, Neymar is the star and the team leader.
He has been injured for a small stretch of the season and has been doubtful until the last minute , also for an injury, for the match against Borussia Dortmund. In its entirety, this season accumulates 13 goals and six assists in 14 games . When he is in top form, he is a very difficult player to stop, and therefore, very transcendent in the game. Each and every one of his team’s attacks pass through his boots.
The main key in this match will be in the face-to-door effectiveness , since neither team has a defense of guarantees and that the scoreboard moves several times is a feasible fact. To be the opposite, it will be necessary to inconvenience the figure of Neymar . For this, Borussia Dortmund will propose a defense of three centrals, which along with the lanes and the midfielders will try to stop Neymar himself and all the PSG danger attacks.
Also in the PSG key will be the position of Marquinhos , who will surely forward it to the double pivot along with Verrati to help out the ball and physically strengthen the center of the field, and leave Kimpembe his place. The defense must be concentrated so that Haaland intervenes as little as possible within the area and attentive to aid. The PSG will be able to be much more dangerous with meters ahead , that is, with spaces.
On the other hand, the position that Achraf Hakimi occupies will be relevant in both fields. The Moroccan player is very harmful in the last meters of the field and suffers in defense. Consequently, playing at the far right of the most advanced line will mean that it is only focused on offensive work, while if he plays as a lane, he will add to the attack but must travel in defense with the team and, therefore, repeat efforts Borussia Dortmund must also overcome and take advantage of a possible pressure above the Parisian complex to travel with numerical superiority and spaces . In this regard, Erling Halaand and Jadon Sancho can stand out above all.
Borussia Dortmund: Burki, Akanji, Hummels, Zagadou, Hakimi, Witsel, Emre Can, Guerreiro, Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Thorgan Hazard.
PSG: Keylor Navas, Meunier, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Juan Bernat, Verrati, Marquinhos, Di María, Neymar, Mbappé and Icardi.
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