PSG Talking Podcast: Changes to the Champions League Could Benefit PSG

We’re still basking in the aftermath of Paris Saint-Germain’s thrilling 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Unfortunately, it might be a while until we see PSG on the pitch due to the coronavirus pandemic which has forced the suspension of the Ligue 1 season and the rest of the Champions League tournament.

On this episode of PSG Talking, ESPN’s PSG, Ligue 1, and French football correspondent, Jonathan Johnson, joins the show to talk about the Dortmund result, the impact of the Ultras, the mocking of Erling Haaland, and how the Champions League might change once it resumes.

PSG’s match against Dortmund was played behind closed doors but that didn’t stop the Ultras from showing up in the thousands to support their team. I ask JJ for his thoughts on the impact they had and whether they should have been allowed to congregate considering the health concerns.

We also dive into the play on the pitch. What was the secret to PSG’s success? Was it their blue-collar mentality or did manager Thomas Tuchel get his tactics right? Who was PSG’s best player that night?

If the quarter-finals of the Champions League resumes, the format could change from a two-legged competition to a one-off situation. Johnson believes this kind of change could benefit PSG and he names the team he would like to see Les Parisiens draw in the next round.

I also asked Johnson for his thoughts on PSG players mocking Haaland numerous times and what he thinks Edinson Cavani starting over Mauro Icardi against Dortmund means for the rest of the season.

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