France Defender Discloses What PSG Must Do Against Dortmund to Seal Champions League Qualification

France Defender Discloses What PSG Must Do Against Dortmund to Seal Champions League Qualification

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Paris Saint-Germain's UEFA Champions League future hangs in the balance
  • The Ligue 1 club have been underwhelming by a margin throughout this season
  • A club defender has disclosed what must be done ahead of their clash against Dortmund

Paris Saint-Germain's struggles in the UEFA Champions League under coach Luis Enrique were once again evident as they required a controversial refereeing decision to secure a draw in their match against Newcastle.

The reigning Ligue 1 champions, enduring a forgettable UCL campaign, delivered a performance against Eddie Howe's team that fell short of expectations.

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Lucas Hernandez, Marco Asensio, and Fabian Ruiz Pena of PSG salute the supporters following the UEFA Champions League match between PSG and Newcastle United. Image: Jean Catuffe.
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According to reports from Fotmob, PSG is still without an away win this season in the Champions League.

Now confronted with a critical "win or bust" scenario, they must secure a victory at the Signal Iduna Park against Bundesliga powerhouse Borussia Dortmund to avoid elimination.

Following the underwhelming draw with Newcastle, a PSG defender shared insights on what needs to be done to ensure victory against Dortmund.

PSG defender on Dortmund clash

In an interview with PSG TV, as quoted by Canal Sports. Defender Lucas Hernandez reflected on the missed opportunities in the match and also shared insights on what needs to be done for the French champions to secure victory against Dortmund.

"In matches like this, you go into the locker room and say to yourself, ‘How is it possible not to have won this match?’ We had, I don’t know how many chances. It’s part of the game, and it’s part of football."

He emphasised the significance of the upcoming clash with Dortmund, recognising it as another final and a chance to qualify and win the group. Hernandez acknowledged the challenges but expressed optimism about PSG's prospects in Dortmund.

His sentiments were echoed by forward Kylian Mbappe, who emphasised the importance of winning in Dortmund to secure the top spot in the group. Mbappe, as quoted by PSG Report, stated,

"We are going to Dortmund to win. If we play like this in Dortmund and we score goals, then everything is going to be okay."

Despite the optimism among PSG players, it's crucial to note that securing a victory at Signal Iduna Park remains one of football's most formidable challenges, especially in front of passionate fans.

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Enrique claims PSG deserved to win

Sports Brief in a previous report stated Luis Enrique is adamant Paris Saint-Germain were the better team despite needing a stoppage-time penalty to salvage a point against Newcastle United on matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League.

The Parisians have been slammed online after they were awarded a controversial 98th-minute penalty against the English club, which was cooly converted by Kylian Mbappe to salvage a point for the home side.

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Ero Samson
Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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