PSG-Dortmund: Paris has five days to turn everything around

PSG-Dortmund: Paris has five days to turn everything around
PSG-Dortmund: Paris has five days to turn everything around

Hit, but not sunk. Before playing their second round against Borussia Dortmund next Tuesday at the Parc des Princes, the PSG players are in a state of mind similar to that which led them to beat Barcelona in the previous round in the Champions League. Despite this one-goal disadvantage (1-0), the Parisians are not discouraged and are convinced that they have the weapons to reverse the situation against the German club.

“We have nothing left to lose. We will try to win this match. We must make our fans proud and go for this final,” urged Luis Enrique after Wednesday night’s defeat. In the Parisian locker room, the Spanish technician spoke as he did between the two matches of the quarter-final to motivate his troops and call for calm.

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Marquinhos and his partners are aware that they could have done much better on the pitch at Signal Iduna Park, and that they owe revenge to their supporters, who dream, like them, of seeing Wembley Stadium on June 1, a theater of the Champions League final. The little phrase dropped Wednesday evening by Ousmane Dembélé in the bowels of Signal Iduna Park towards BVB striker Sébastien Haller, “Prepare yourself well for the return”, said everything about the determination of this group.

Resting this Thursday, the Parisians will return to training on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. and get back to practical preparation for this semi-final return. There is no doubt that Luis Enrique will give a motivating speech to his players and will spread his optimism among his squad, not giving in to panic, as he was able to do before the trip to Catalonia.

The match initially scheduled for this weekend in Nice having been postponed to May 15, the staff and players will benefit, in total, from four sessions to fully focus on their shock, try to correct the situation and rectify certain tactical aspects.

Borussia Dortmund’s preparation will be different, since Jadon Sancho’s partners face Augsburg, 8th in the Bundesliga, on Saturday afternoon at home. Now assured of being qualified for the Champions League next season, coach Edin Terzic should shake up certain executives and make a turnover in anticipation of Tuesday’s match. The German delegation is due to arrive in the capital on Monday and will take up residence in a palace in the 8th arrondissement where it is accustomed to each trip to Paris.

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