The 1970 Podcast: Why This is PSG’s Best Chance to Win the Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain last played a UEFA Champions League match on March 11, when they advanced to the quarter-finals with a win over Borussia Dortmund. Nearly four months later, we now know who they will play in the next round.

On this episode of The 1970 podcast, I’m joined by Marc Damon and we discuss the Champions League quarter-final and semi-final draw that took place on Friday.

Up first for PSG will be Atalanta and if they advance past the red-hot Serie A club, PSG will take on the winner of RB Leipzig vs. Atlético Madrid for a place in the Champions League final.

It’s by far the easier of the two brackets but don’t dare say that out loud or you’ll be put in your place by the Serie A aficionados on Twitter who talk about Atalanta like they’re the Boogeyman and PSG is just some pub team comprised of overweight plumbers.

Considering their resources, Atalanta has outperformed everyone’s expectations this season and their style of play is entertaining to watch. However, as Marc and I explain, they’re no match for PSG’s much more talented squad and it will take a series of mental mistakes for Les Parisiens to crash out at this stage.

We share our ideal starting lineups for the Atalanta fixture and whether the three scheduled friendlies and two domestic cup finals will be enough to properly prepare PSG for the Champions League after such a long layoff due to the coronavirus.

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