With the victory of Leipzig on the side of Istanbul this Wednesday at the end of the afternoon, Paris Saint-Germain finds itself obliged, or almost, to make a result against Manchester United. Here are the scenarios for qualifying Paris SG for the round of 16.
In a few minutes, Paris Saint-Germain will face Manchester United on behalf of the fifth day of the Champions League. Parisians were hoping for good news from Turkey. Indeed, at 6:55 pm, the Germans of RB Leipzig faced the Turks of Istanbul Basaksehir and the result of this meeting would have a great impact on the chances of qualification of Paris SG.
But Julian Nagelsmann’s players got the job done and came out on top with a score of four to three. Their victory was built first in the first half where they had the ball in the first fifteen minutes. However, it took a strike from Sabitzer, countered by Poulsen, to open the scoring (0-1, 26th). Despite Turkish domination, Nordi Mukiele gave air to his family (0-2, 43rd). The locals regained hope thanks to Kahveci (1-2, 45th + 3). The Germans however secured a victory in the second half thanks to Dani Olmo (1-3, 66th). We expected a quiet end to the game but Kahveci, with a hat-trick (72nd, 85th and therefore the first), arranged the PSG well. However, Alexander Sorloth, who came into play, did not hear it like that and scored with a shot from afar (90th + 2, 3-4).
If Paris wins, all is well
Thus, Paris Saint-Germain finds itself, before its meeting, left behind by three small points by the RBL before the last day of the Champions League. The Mancuniens, them, before the meeting, only needed a small point (to be gleaned against PSG) to be sure of ending up in the round of 16 of the most prestigious of European competitions.
If the Parisians win tonight, they will have their destiny between their feet and will only have to win against Istanbul at the Parc des Princes next week. They won’t even have to look at the result between MU and RB Leipzig, unless they still hope to take the top spot, which will be the case if MU doesn’t win.
If Paris doesn’t win, it will be very complicated
In the event that Paris Saint-Germain draw, the Germans will have their destiny between their feet and Paris SG will have to win while hoping for a defeat or a draw for the Germans against Manchester United at Red Bull Arena. But things would be complicated especially since Manchester United will be qualified before the meeting and will play especially three days later the derby against Manchester City.
Finally, if PSG lose, it’s probably the worst. In this case, it will always be necessary to win against the Turks, the last of their group, and it will be necessary to hope that the Germans lose against the English. Any other result would qualify Julian Nagelsmann’s players and send Thomas Tuchel’s men to the Europa League. Finally, unless they lose at the Parc des Princes against Istanbul BB by more than two goals. Suffice to say that the confrontation this Wednesday evening is absolutely fundamental for the future of Paris SG …