PSG, the stats of despair


By: Manu Tournoux

Judging by PSG’s past performances, a victory this Wednesday evening in Dortmund seems very unlikely.

PSG has no choice. To see the knockout stages of the Champions League for sure, Luis Enrique’s team must go through a victory in Dortmund this Wednesday evening. Without success, we will have to count on a result from AC Milan in Newcastle. A plan B to say the least risky but very possible given the service record of the capital club far from its bases in the big shocks of C1.

Since 2012 and the arrival of the Qataris at the helm, Paris has often tended to crumble on the grounds of the big Europeans. If the Reds and Blues were able to win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in 2016, at Old Trafford against Manchester United in 2019 or in Turin against Juventus in 2022, they have also and above all suffered numerous disappointments: no less than seven draws and 17 defeats conceded on the most beautiful European pitches.

A defeat in Dortmund in 2020

At the Camp Nou or the Bernabeu for example, PSG fell three times, then twice again at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium or Bayern’s Allianz Arena. At Signal Iduna Park, just before the closed doors imposed by the pandemic in February 2020, the Parisians lost to Erling Haaland’s BvB (2-1), in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League. In the queen of continental competitions, PSG has had a few victorious campaigns away from its bases beyond the three feats mentioned, but it was against lesser teams: Valencia, Leverkusen, Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk, Galatasaray, Celtic Glasgow or Red Star Belgrade.

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