the German press criticizes Paris and its “billion dollar troop” before the semi-final first leg

the German press criticizes Paris and its “billion dollar troop” before the semi-final first leg
the German press criticizes Paris and its “billion dollar troop” before the semi-final first leg

The German press presents the Champions League semi-final first leg between Dortmund and PSG (this Wednesday at 9 p.m. on RMC Sport) as a clash between two models almost the opposite of each other. But the media across the Rhine salute Kylian Mbappé’s impressive season.

The sites of the main German sports media set the tone for the Champions League semi-final first leg between Dortmund and PSG (this Wednesday evening at 9 p.m., to be followed on RMC Sport). The newspaper Bild, ironically, mentioned on Tuesday the arrival of Parisians in Dortmund by talking about… money. “The billion-dollar troop (market value: 1.02 billion euros) has landed. At 12:17 p.m., Paris Saint-Germain arrives at Dortmund airport,” reads a short article, where we also learn that Kylian Mbappé had a hat on his head when he arrived despite the 22 degrees and that he could not stop to greet the public who were waiting for him.

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“Terzic is looking for the anti-Mbappé plan,” adds Bild. Because even if Borussia’s followers agree that the Parisian attack has several assets, the Germans are impressed by the Frenchman’s statistics: 43 goals in 44 games this season.

The German press believes in Terzic and the Yellow Wall

On Kicker’s side, the tone is the same: “Terzic showed refreshing courage and attack during his half-hour press conference, even if on paper the roles are clearly divided: PSG, which is financed by Qatari money, has been pursuing the ambitious goal of winning the Champions League for years and is ready to invest massively in its own squad to achieve it,” it is written. “At Borussia, on the other hand, the players are not paid with peanuts either, but reaching the semi-finals is already the biggest international success since 2013.”

But hope exists since the BVB has not lost in its stadium in C1 for ten matches: Kicker recalls that the stadium made “the equivalent of the noise of a plane” during the quarter-final against Atlético. The return of Marcel Sabitzer to midfield, who suffered a slight flu this weekend, also reassures the locals: “The question of whether BVB’s plan will be successful depends heavily on Sabitzer’s ability to bring his good form of recent weeks in the field as profitably as he did recently. […] His performance in the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atlético was even more important: with a goal – to make the score 4-2 – and two assists, he was the most outstanding player on the field and an important factor in reaching the semi-finals.”

Edin Terzic’s optimistic statements are also highlighted: “The good thing about close matches is that you can win them!”

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