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Mbappe and PSG face fight to keep Champions League dream alive

Published : Tuesday, 16 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 88

PARIS, APRIL 15: The spectre of another disappointing exit from the Champions League hangs over Paris Saint-Germain after a 3-2 first-leg defeat at home left them with a fight to turn around their quarter-final tie against Barcelona in Tuesdays return.

At first, nobody realistically expected this PSG side, in transition with a rejuvenated squad following last years departures of Lionel Messi and Neymar, to go on and win the Champions League this season.

But the realisation that Kylian Mbappe would not be staying beyond the end of his contract after this campaign helped concentrate minds, with the superstar forward informing the club of his plans after the win over Real Sociedad in the last 16.

Then came the draw for the last eight and semi-finals, which presented the French champions with a favourable path to reach the final.

Luis Enriques side, who had been unconvincing in scraping through their group but came into the first leg against Barcelona on a 27-game unbeaten run stretching back five months, were saved from any prospect of meeting Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Arsenal before the final.

Victory against a Barca side who are not the force of old would set up a last-four tie against either Atletico Madrid or Borussia Dortmund, the kindest draw possible even if neither team could ever be taken lightly.    —AFP

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