PSG Talking Podcast: Dortmund Ends PSG’s Dream Run in the Champions League

It’s been a difficult week for Paris Saint-Germain supporters. The club came up short of the UEFA Champions League final, and a superstar for the future may not want to rejoin the club.

On this episode of PSG Talking, I’m joined by Zacha from the PSG Talk Discord server to discuss the 1-0 loss to Dortmund. We also look ahead to PSG’s future and discuss the latest Xavi Simons news.

Note: This episode was recorded before Kylian Mbappé announced that he would be leaving PSG at the end of the season.

Up first is the result against Dortmund. It was a frustrating night at the Parc des Princes. There was so much hope and belief that the club could overturn the one-goal loss in the first leg, but it wasn’t meant to be. PSG recorded 30 shots, four of which hit the goal post, and failed to capitalize on numerous chances. We discuss whether there was anything Luis Enrique could have done and whether Kylian Mbappé’s off-the-pitch drama impacted him in the tie.

We then look forward to how PSG can improve ahead of next season. Mbappé’s departure means PSG will have to find attacking options to replace his offensive output of 40 goals per season. There’s also a need for a starting midfielder and PSG’s defense needs significant strengthening with the knee injury to Lucas Hernández that will keep him out for six or more months.

The show concludes with a discussion about Xavi Simons, who is reportedly not interested in returning to PSG once his loan at RB Leipzig expires. The 21-year-old is under contract with PSG until 2027, and if he’s transferred to another club before 2025, PSV Eindhoven will receive a significant portion. It’s a difficult situation for PSG to navigate and we discuss the likely outcomes.

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