Paris Saint-Germain punched their ticket to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League with a 5-2 aggregate win over FC Barcelona. There are a few teams yet to wrap up their Round of 16 tie, but we’re already looking ahead at PSG’s potential opponents.
At the time of publication, we know that FC Porto, Borussia Dortmund, and Liverpool FC will join PSG in the next round. Bayern Munich holds a 4-1 lead over Lazio, so let’s assume they’ll hold on and advance. Manchester City holds a 2-0 advantage over Borussia Mönchengladbach, and barring a huge upset, I think they’ll advance. The other two ties, Real Madrid vs. Atalanta (1-0) and Chelsea FC vs. Atlético Madrid (1-0) are too close to call. When the quarter-finals do kick-off, you can use this bet365 bonus code to bet on the teams you think will win and advance.
Now that we know where things stand, here are the most interesting teams and storylines PSG could face in the next round. They’re not necessarily the easiest teams because, well, at this stage, there’s really no easy out.
In my opinion, this is the mouth-watering matchup. Chelsea’s manager, Thomas Tuchel, was sacked by PSG last Christmas after a slow start to the season. It was also widely reported that Tuchel and Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, didn’t get along. To add to the spice level, former PSG center-back, Thiago Silva, is now at Chelsea after reportedly turning down a late contract offer from Les Parisiens.
PSG defeated Dortmund last season en route to the Champions League final and that was the world’s first look at Kylian Mbappé vs. Erling Haaland. Everyone wants this to be the next Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo, and if you’re like me and believe the Champions League draw is rigged, this is the matchup we’re going to get. Outside of those two players, a date with Dortmund isn’t all that interesting unless you think there’s something to Thomas Meunier now suiting up for Dortmund.
Liverpool FC and Real Madrid
I’m grouping these two teams together because when it comes to Mbappé rumors and where he might go if he decides to leave PSG, these two teams are most commonly named. If Mbappé is considered these two sides, it will be an opportunity for him to see how this current version of PSG matches up against those teams. If PSG dominates, he likely wouldn’t push for a transfer. However, if things get ugly for PSG, that might entice him to move on this summer with a year left on his contract.
Bayern Munich and Manchester City
I’m also grouping these two teams together because of what it would mean for PSG if they were to take one of them out. Bayern and City are widely considered the two best clubs in Europe right now and if PSG were to advance past one of them, they would likely become the favorites to win the entire tournament. Beating Bayern would be especially sweet considering PSG lost to them in the finals last season.
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