Neymar during the PSG match against Galatasaray, December 11, 2019. - JEE / SIPA
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DORTMUND - PSG: 0-0 (1st period in progress)
8:57 pm : Ohhhhhhh the little pressure that we like just before kick-off. It's good. Dortmund will try so hard to set fire to the first 15 minutes it's going to be huge.
8:55 p.m .: OH YES TIFO on three full stands. Crazy thing.
8:52 pm : Speaking of atmosphere, this was what the arrival of the Atlético bus at its stadium just before, before the match against Liverpool. BOOM.
The Atlético Madrid bus welcome
Fucking hell pic.twitter.com/JM4JbXxDWW
(I will keep you posted on the evolution of the score of this beautiful poster of course).
8:49 p.m . : WHAT? No, but what is this benevolence there ...
No whistle when the stadium announcer speaks in French to welcome the Parisian supporters. No whistle when he announced the composition of the PSG. BUT WHAT IS THIS TARES COUNTRY ??? 😂 #BVBPSG pic.twitter.com/OGF4jvSPDX- Aymeric Le Gall (@AymericLeGall) February 18, 2020
8:47 p.m . : It goes up, it goes up! And we expect a tifo from DINGUO at the moment of the players' entry earlier.
🇩🇪 #BVBPSG 🇫🇷 | 9 p.m. 🕘
💥 Crazy atmosphere at BVB Stadion before the match kicks off. It goes up, it goes up !!! pic.twitter.com/PjHwTGOu50
8:45 pm : Ah yes little anecdote of the evening, if you have not seen it pass. Marco Verratti will become the most capped player in the history of PSG in the European Cup tonight, with 58 appearances. He overtakes Paulo Le Guen. "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOON".
8:42 pm : Can't wait to see Haaland in this match, by the way. The guy has scored 9 goals in 6 games since his arrival, and still he didn't hold half the time. He scores a goal every 39 minutes the loustic ...
8:40 pm : On the BVB side, it's the classic composition in 3-4-3, with Hazard and Sancho around Haaland in front. Two arrows and a marking machine, the trio works pretty well.
8:37 pm : We had a taste of the crazy atmosphere that awaits us this evening when the players entered the lawn earlier. Parisian supporters are also in good shape, moreover our special envoy to Germany followed them a bit in their march towards the stadium. There was smoke!
The procession of the Collectif Ultras Paris heads for the stadium, well surrounded by the Dortmund police. Some supporters discarded after cracking smoke. #BVBPSG pic.twitter.com/F94VmaWBZd- Aymeric Le Gall (@AymericLeGall) February 18, 2020
8:35 pm : What we understand is that Neymar is not in enough shape to defend well on his side, so no 4-4-2. In addition behind on the left is Kurzawa, and all alone in front of Sancho it would have been a butcher shop so we prefer to shield a little. Not a bad idea, surely.
8:33 pm : Thomas Tuchel was at the microphone of RMC a few minutes ago, he (obviously) did not want to answer in detail on this question. This is what he said:
"I can't say (if it's a 3-4-3 or a 4-3-3). Marquinhos, Gueye and Verratti are used to playing together in the Champions League. Many players lack a bit of rhythm. If you want to play in 4-4-2, you have to be in the best (physical) mood, and that is not the case. Now was not the time to try. They have a lot of speed on the sides, we will have to have the ball, but we must remain attentive to the counter-attacks. We will have to be careful about losing the ball. ”
8:31 pm : So then, a lot of things to say in this pre-match. Let's start at the beginning, and compose them.
Small uncertainty on the PSG side, announced in 3-4-3 by the Team and the Parisian, in 4-3-3 by UEFA. In fact, everything depends on the positioning of Marquinhos, more or less low. In any case, no 4-4-2 as in recent times. Icardi is on the bench, suddenly.
BVB: Sancho, Hazard, Håland
PSG: Di Mariá, Neymar, Mbappé
Both sides look to be lining up with a 3-4-3. #UCL pic.twitter.com/jjpV8JdlEY
8:29 p.m . : GO GO GO kids!
8:00 p.m . : Go now!
8:00 p.m . : But I don't leave you like that. If you have not read them (bouuuh, not well), I give you the very good papers of my colleague Aymeric, in Dortmund since yesterday.
This one on supportism at Borussia. Where we discover that it is necessary to go very far to be able to subscribe to the stadium one day without his life.
“18,000th on the waiting list”… In Dortmund, a subscription is earned via @ 20minutesSport https://t.co/O4K4EJ9Ufa- 20 Minutes Sport (@ 20minutesSport) February 18, 2020
A focus Neymar, who will (finally) play a round of 16 LdC with Paris (yes we know there was the go against Real but it's been so long we hardly remember)
"Happy in Paris", has Neymar really changed since last summer? via @ 20minutesSport https://t.co/OP5a2e1gFo- 20 Minutes Sport (@ 20minutesSport) February 17, 2020
And then to finish a short pre-match video, taken yesterday from the edge of the field.
20h00 : I take a few minutes to eat my pizza and I come back to you very quickly for the pre-match. We're going to talk about the 3-4-3 out of the hat by Tuchel, the atmosphere, all that.
8:00 p.m . : YOOOOOO family! We do not hide from you that we are very, very excited an hour before the kick-off of this Dortmund-PSG. Can't wait to see how many goals will be scored, can't wait to see if Tutu's lineup will work, can't wait to (re) see the ambiance of this magnificent stadium ... Anyway, WE'RE HOT HOT.
The days were starting to be long. Very, long, before this round of 16 first leg of the Champions League between Borussia Dortmund and PSG, which we subdue prolific and which we hope in the end in favor of Parisians. We have been frustrated in recent seasons, so this time, we want to see them, these quarter-finals. It will be four years since this has happened to Parisians, who have in this time sublimated the notion of disillusionment. Will 2020 be a better year? The start of the answer tonight, but important as it is, this match will not be the end of the story. For a long time, we have learned the lesson.
>> Meet at 8:30 p.m. to gently raise the pressure together ...
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