Champions League draw: PSG and the threat of Kylian Mbappé worry Europe


By: Manu Tournoux

Tomorrow, all eyes will be on Nyon, Switzerland. It is there that the draw for the 1/4 finals, as well as the 1/2 finals and the final of the Champions League will take place. Holders Manchester City will be there, as will Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, ​​Atlético de Madrid, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, who have all qualified. . The last French representative in C1, the capital club is impatiently waiting to know the identity of its future opponent.

Catalonia hopes to avoid Paris

Our colleagues from The Team carried out a poll to determine who is the worst and best opponent for the Parisians. 82% of voters believe that Manchester City, who won the title last year, should be avoided. On the other hand, 63% of those questioned think that BVB, already crossed during the group stage, is the most affordable competitor. Next comes FC Barcelona (11%). But among the countries still competing in the most prestigious of competitions, PSG sometimes inspires fear. This is the case in Spain, which still has three representatives in the running.

In Catalonia, Sport carried out a survey concerning Barça’s future opponent in C1. Of more than 13,000 voters, 47% want to challenge Dortmund. On the other hand, they do not at all wish to face Bayern Munich and PSG, who each have 5% of the votes. Mundo Deportivo fears the Skyblues, Real Madrid…and Paris. “The PSG of ex-Culés Luis Enrique and Ousmane Dembélé are another threat alongside Kylian Mbappé, who hopes to leave Paris with the first Champions League after the Qatari project, launched in 2012, only managed to finish continental vice-champion in 2020.”

City a little more feared than PSG in Madrid

The Catalan publication, which revealed that the Blaugrana dressing room prefers to avoid Manchester City, continues: “over the last few months, the candidacy of Luis Enrique’s team has completely established itself in a controlled Champions League round of 16 against Real Sociedad.” On the Madrid side, where the Merengues and the Colchoneros are still in the running, opinions differ. Journalist for Fichajes.comLluis Arienzo told us: “I think the rival to avoid is Manchester City. It’s the strongest club among all those that are qualified.”

He pursues : “They have a good coach and a good team, especially in attack. But PSG is also one of the toughest rivals. They have Kylian Mbappé, who is the most dangerous player. They also have Ousmane Dembélé and Achraf Hakimi, who are good players. Journalist for RelevoSergi Santos admitted to us: “For Real Madrid, the most dangerous competitor is Manchester City. In recent years, PSG has sometimes done well against the Merengues. But logically, they prefer to avoid Paris despite. They consider the French club a rival, even if the toughest for them is City. »

Germany and the Mbappé threat

In Germany, where Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund continue the adventure, facing PSG is not necessarily seen as good news. “I think PSG are among the most dangerous opponents,” admits David Hamza, journalist for Football Transfersbefore adding: “They are perhaps a little more hungry for victory in this competition that they want to win. A little more than Real Madrid and Manchester City, who won the trophy recently. PSG is still waiting to win the Champions League so that will play a role. »

He then clarified: “Kylian Mbappé is by far the most dangerous and most important player for them. He can decide the match single-handedly with a brilliant action. I think he would love to say goodbye to PSG with a Champions League victory.” Which is a real danger for the Germans. On the English side, where Arsenal and Manchester City are the last representatives, PSG leaves no one indifferent. THE Manchester Evening News wrote about this: “There are now eight teams left in the Champions League and City are hoping to avoid one of the big clubs in the quarter-final.”

England wonders

THE MEN adds: “Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid all secured their places in the round of 16 in the same week as City. Any one of the three would provide a tasty European showdown next month.” For the English media, the French club is therefore among the teams to avoid if possible. On the London side, the Ile-de-France residents are asking questions. “PSG remains a team with a lot of talent and which has almost already won the Ligue 1 title”writing Football London before saying more.

“Kylian Mbappé could leave this summer, but he will be looking to win that legendary trophy to justify why the Parisians spent so much money on him. They comfortably knocked out Kieran Tierney’s Real Sociedad in the last 16 4-1 on aggregate, but Arsenal can certainly be favorites against the French champions despite their quality. Outside of Mbappé, the goals drop considerably with large sums of money spent on Goncalo Ramos and Randal Kolo Muani.” Worrying for some, the PSG of Luis Enrique and Kylian Mbappé will be determined tomorrow on its fate.

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