PSG take on the visitors Borussia Dortmund in the round 1 match of UEFA Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 19th at
PSG are essentially starting the season in full swing. The Parisians are undoubtedly the richest giant, and Ligue 1 is considered one of the top five leagues. However, it's increasingly seen as falling behind the Portuguese Primeira Liga. For the capital project, there is simply no competition within the league – it's somewhat like the Western counterparts of Ludogorets, Sheriff, or Donetsk's Shakhtar. Trophies on the domestic front are considered a given, while the goal is to win the UEFA Champions League. They've only reached the final once, and they lost. The early exit in the previous season sealed the fate of Galtier, leading to a squad overhaul with the departures of Ramos, Neymar, Messi, and even, at the last moment, Verratti. Let's see what Luis Enrique can achieve, who only won Ligue 1 on his third attempt.
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Borussia Dortmund are inevitably regressing. The Yellow and Blacks could have been proud holders of the silver salad bowl now. However, they voluntarily gave up the Bundesliga title by not winning their home match in the final round against Bayern Munich in May. This couldn't go unnoticed, and the departure of a key player like Bellingham (not to mention Raphael Guerreiro) further compounds their problems. Sure, Jude brought in a lot of money, and they spent a significant portion on exciting newcomers. But at the start of the new season, Terzic's proteges scored unusually few goals and have already dropped quite a few points.
The clubs first met in 2010 during the inaugural season of the UEFA Europa League, and they played to a draw. In 2020, they crossed paths in the UEFA Champions League playoffs, with PSG losing 1-2 in Germany but securing passage with a 2-0 win at home. It seems the Germans are struggling to find their game without Jude. We believe in a victory for Mbappe and company.
Prediction for the match: PSG to win.