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The PSG in front of their ghosts in the Champions

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Updated:12/02/2019 01:11 am

The Champions League returns today to the grass and the PSG, the eternal aspirant to the glory continental, open the crossings of the final round at the home of Manchester United, a match in which the multi-million dollar project for non-French will look like the muscle of his trident for the absences required of Neymar and Edison Cavani. Thomas Tuchel, coach, remains at Old Trafford the appeal of the fantasy of the young Mbappé, the third dagger of their attack, but the injuries to the brazilian star and the scorer, uruguayan, have resulted in the paris club into the ghosts of its recent and high-profile failures in europe. Barcelona, in 2017, and Real Madrid, a year later, he closed the passage to the quarterfinals, so the team galo can’t afford a third trouble getting hard in a row in this round. Sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the owner, carries invested more than a billion euros in signings and longs to see it finally fulfilled the dream that led him to buy the entity: lifting the Champions League.

The PSG is a club that works through the injection of millions of euros from its owner, a former tennis player who played Davis Cup and now has become one of the one hundred largest fortunes on the planet. In 2011 she decided to land on the football to take control of the paris team with the ambitious challenge of placing it in the top of Europe. Eight years later, and despite a huge investment of 1,150 million in players, the qatari has not managed to enjoy the picture of your team in a semi-finals of the Champions League. The rooms were the tomb delPSG between 2013 and 2016, and then came the “failures Spanish” round before Barca and Real Madrid. Without Neymar, with a problem in a toe of right, and without Cavani, injured Saturday in the hip when executing a penalty, the threat of Manchester United, a rival risen with the change of Mourinho by Solskjaer on the bench, has been fired. Also the caution of a hobby that in December, when he held the draw, I saw clearly a favorite to your computer. At the beginning of February, in addition, arrived in Lyon’s first defeat in the league, which increased the uncertainty of the followers.

Without a rival in France

The PSG Al-Khelaifi is a set with a double face. It sends and queen in France, where the sheikh has already been able to celebrate five Leagues, four Cups, five League Cups and six Spanish super cups galas. The lack of competition in their country, pays in Europe and becomes a team weak and vulnerable. That roll that displays on the tournaments home go away in the Champions league, which two years ago was goleado by Barcelona (6-1) and the past year fell to Madrid in the two games of the playoff knockout round. Technical as Laurent Blanc or the Spanish Unai Emery left the club for his failures inland, and the threat is now to the German Tuchel, who has not been summoned for the match against the English midfielder Rabiot.

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