Opinion: Five Reasons Why Paris Saint-Germain Will Beat Borussia Dortmund

Did you read this ridiculous article on the official Bundesliga website? It’s probably a good thing a writer didn’t attach their name to it.

The article essentially gives five reasons why Borussia Dortmund will beat Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. The most egregious being that Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland are better than Kylian Mbappé…right.

Since the official Ligue 1 website is unlikely to put out a response article, I thought I would take it upon myself and fire back at Dortmund and the Bundesliga.

1. Mbappé > Any Player in Dortmund’s History

Kylian Mbappe

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The Frenchman smacked around Dortmund in 2017 with an AS Monaco squad not nearly as talented as this version of PSG. He’s only gotten better with experience and with players like Angel Di Maria and Neymar Jr. looking to play him in behind Mats “I run like my shoes are filled with concrete” Hummels, the 21-year-old is poised to have a memorable performance in front of the Dortmund supporters once again.

2. Neymar > Any Player in Dortmund’s History

Sorry to those Dortmund supporters who thought Neymar would miss this match. While officially the Brazilian has been rehabbing a rib injury, unofficially, the club has kept their prized asset safe from Ligue 1 defenders to make sure he’s ready to put in a performance against Dortmund.

Neymar is having one of his best seasons as a professional (15 goals and 10 assists through 18 total appearances) and he’s finally healthy for the knockout phase of the Champions League. Worst yet for Dortmund, the 28-year-old is playing with a chip on his shoulder to silence his critics once and for all. Good luck stopping him with a defense that gave up three goals to Bundesliga bottom-feeder Werder Bremen and another four goals to Bayer 04 Leverkusen recently.

3. The Yellow Yawn

Yellow Wall

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Paris Saint-Germain banged in goals away at AS Saint-Étienne this season with opposing supporters shooting flares at them. Do you think they’re frightened by some art school dropout’s tifo? Do you think it’s a picnic going down to Olympique de Marseille with their fans pelting PSG players with bottles and trash during every corner kick? This team has been in cauldrons hotter than Signal Iduna Park and they won’t be intimidated by fans dressed like large bumblebees.

4. Experienced Goalkeeper

Keylor Navas

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How many Champions League titles has Roman Bürki won? Zero? Interesting. PSG’s goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, has won three. I think I like our chances with the more experienced and accomplished goalkeeper.

5. Call Them “Ortmund” Because There’s No D

When Thomas Tuchel’s preferred defense is healthy (Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Juan Bernat, Thomas Meunier), they can play lights out. In the group stage of the Champions League, which included two games against Real Madrid, PSG only gave up two goals. Through 25 Ligue 1 matches, PSG has given up 21 goals, which is second-best in the league. That’s what defense looks like.

Dortmund, on the other hand, gave up a whopping eight goals in the group stage of the Champions League and 32 goals through 22 Bundesliga matches, which is by far the worst of any of the top five teams. Just look at the ridiculous defending in the second half against a quality team like RB Leipzig at home nonetheless:

Dortmund should just hope Mbappé and Neymar miss the flight to Germany. That’s their only hope.

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Tags Angel Di Maria Champions League Erling Braut Haaland Jadon Sancho Juan Bernat Keylor Navas Kylian Mbappé Marquinhos Neymar Thiago Silva Thomas Meunier Thomas Tuchel

9 Comments

  1. George Anglitoiu says:

    It is understandable that you are next in line to be suspended for UCL for (financial) unfair-play, but this doesn’t give you right to be unpolite.
    Mbappe is a great striker but not the greatest. First he has to show character beyond certain good social deeds. And by the way, the first 2 goals that Monaco scored against a traumatized BVB squad (remember the terrorist attack on their bus?!) were by any VAR means the product of offside (first – Mbappe) and foul play (second).
    Second, please give us a break about the invaluable, no Golden Ball Player of the year, Neymar jr. He is welcome back from injury, everybody awaits him to play, but don’t make him more than he is. An overpaid player with a mood… Bye the way, is he still playing for PSG?
    A PSG player with far more merit is Cavani. A true warrior and a standout player for club and national team.
    Keylor Navas is indeed a great goalkeeper who has saved Real, true champions team, at Westphalen on several occasions with unbelivable parades.
    Another thing: welcome to Westphalen. You are right: you have nothing to be afraid of – BVB fans are passionate avout their team and not hooligans.
    Ask Monaco friends how they manage to spend another night in Dormund in the hospitality of their ‘yawns’ after the game was postponed for one day…
    Best of luck, PSG. May the best team and truest club be successful! But try not to be resentful!

    1. Sahbaz says:

      It’s a reply on same way nothing more
      Is you ever heard a wrong comment or word for any team in the world from our president or our player’s no never it is reality psg is club of now and future

  2. Sahbaz says:

    If Neymar and mbappe missed the plan we will still have enough quality to win

  3. Caja says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever read something so asinine, the inane ramblings of a madman, you do realise that PSG play in a farmers league right? And that even if you do get past BvB there’s so many teams that would mop the floor with you.. Real, Liverpool, Barca, Bayern…

  4. kolf says:

    Aged like milk.

    1. Ed says:

      Very brave of you to comment after the game. We’ll see what happens in the return leg.

      1. kolf says:

        It’s hard to reply with “Aged like milk.” before the match, you know?

        1. Ed says:

          Maybe you should try to be more original?

          1. kolf says:

            Nah, I’m good.

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