Paris Saint-Germain is in the UEFA Champions League Group F, also known as the Group of Death. AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, and Newcastle United join the capital club in a must-watch group.
So, how did PSG’s opponents in this tournament do domestically? All three squads have already played heading into the international break, so let’s look at how these teams did.
Let’s go to Italy first, where AC Milan played on Friday. The semifinalist from last season’s tournament picked up a 2-1 win over AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico.
Olivier Giroud and Rafael Leão scored in the victory as the result marked AC Milan’s third straight win and has them atop the Serie A standings with nine points. PSG won’t face the Italian club until Oct. 25, so they’ll avoid the team’s hot start to their 2023-24 season.
🇵🇹🎯 This goal from Rafa Leão vs AS Roma was INCREDIBLE! ✨ pic.twitter.com/JWizryUzVA
— EuroFoot (@eurofootcom) September 2, 2023
AC Milan will face Inter Milan on Sept. 16 in the latest edition of the Derby della Madonnina before they welcome Newcastle United at the San Siro.
In Germany, Borussia Dortmund played on Friday against FC Heidenheim. However, unlike AC Milan, the German club recorded a 2-2 draw, but the result was disappointing. Dortmund got off to an early 2-0 lead but conceded two straight goals in the second half.
The draw puts Dortmund in eighth place with five points through three matchdays. PSG will face the Bundesliga side on Sept. 19 at the Parc des Princes, so the Black and Yellows could use a confidence booster.
Dortmund will play SC Freiburg after the international break before they travel to Paris.
• Assist against Bochum
• Goal against Heidenheim
Leading the league in chances created. Solid start to the season for Julian Brandt. pic.twitter.com/29c9tIrbXX
— ari (@aritrabvb1909) September 1, 2023
Finally, Newcastle United. Of the three opponents PSG has in front of them, they’ve hit a hurdle to start the Premier League season. The Magpies are on a three-match losing streak, having lost to Manchester City, Liverpool FC, and a 3-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion Saturday.
Newcastle will have a match against Brentford to get them back on track before heading off to face AC Milan at the San Siro. A loss or a draw will add little confidence to a club returning to the Champions League and currently in 14th place in the Premier League table.