Falling FC Barcelona in 8th, PSG will know their opponent during the quarter-finals of the Champions League, this Friday March 19 from 12 noon. The draw for 1/2 and the final will also take place. The meetings will be played on April 6/7 and 13/14.
It’s a torrent that sweeps everything away in the championship as in Europe. Author of the sextuplet last season, Bayern Munich is still not satisfied. Carried by a Robert Lewandowski on fire, Hans-Dieter Flick’s men prance at the top of the Bundesliga, with four points ahead of Leipzig and made short work of Lazio Rome, in the round of 16 of the Champions League (6-2 in aggregate score). Obviously, the Bavarian club is a favorite in this competition. Especially since he has been undefeated in Europe for 19 meetings.
For Paris Saint-Germain, this match would sound like revenge. Indeed, Kylian Mbappé’s teammates had faced the Bavarian ogre in the last Champions League final. They had seen their dream of a European coronation go up in smoke after Kingsley Coman’s goal. This confrontation would therefore be an opportunity to erase this bad memory.
No one had seen it coming. FC Porto surprised by qualifying against Juventus in the knockout stages of the Champions League (2-1; 2-3). At ten against eleven and carried by an imperial Pepe, Sergio Conceiçao’s men defeated Cristiano Ronaldo and consort at the end of a heroic extension.
Obviously on paper, Porto are certainly the most affordable draw for Paris Saint-Germain, especially with the possible return of Neymar. But a game is never played in advance and the Dragons are going to want to prove that they have their place at this stage of the competition.
As we meet … This draw would not be a surprise since PSG and Chelsea are used to meeting in knockout matches in recent years. Indeed, between 2014 and 2016, the two clubs faced each other three times (two in eighths, one in quarters), for a record of two qualifications on the side of the Parisian club against one from the Blues.
But this potential meeting in the quarterfinals would have a special flavor this season. Thanked by Paris Saint-Germain last December, Thomas Tuchel could find his former club in the Champions League. Just like the former PSG captain, Thiago Silva. At the end of his contract with the French club last summer, the Brazilian, who wanted to stay in Paris, had put down his luggage in London to start a new project.
Sportingly, this match seems enticing on paper. Since the arrival of the former coach of Borussia Dortmund, the Blues are unbeaten in all competitions and have conceded only two small goals in thirteen games.