Their ID cards reveal inexperience, but in the innocent faces of the players lies their threat and power. A duel of babies: Håland (8 goals and 1 assist in the 19/20 UCL), Jadon Sancho (2 goals and 2 assists), Achraf (4 goals) and Mbappé (5 goals and 4 assists). Håland has needed zero adaptation at BVB, as if it was the same side as RB Salzburg. Under Favre he has 9 goals, one every 39 minutes, in only 15 shots.
The perfect combo if you add some of the best passers in Sancho and Achraf. In front they will have another precocious talent: Mbappé. He has a 30-goal involvement in 30 matches of the Champions League. Alongside Liverpool, PSG may have the most merciless attacking force in the continent. Of course, we need to talk about Ney, who has lived a brutal evolution since he left Barça. He is not only a dribbler and goalscorer, but a very mature organiser too.
The main novelty in the Parisians this course is that, apart from their offensive exuberance, they are a more compact block with the arrivals of Gueye and Keylor, the brilliant form of Di María or the balance from Marquinhos. With a deep and varied squad, their chances of winning the big trophy are much greater now. They use sort of a 4–2–2–2.
Dortmund may struggle more to find that equilibrium, in spite of the incredible recent additions of Håland and Emre Can. They don’t have Reus, Delaney and Brandt, tho. Their speciality is their bursts of speed and energy, with Guerreiro and Achraf very involved in the exploitation of open spaces as wing-backs. However, they aren’t as solid defensively, even though they’ve lately been using a back 3 or 5. Some crazy encounters packed with goals await.
P o s s i b l e X I s
D o r t m u n d
Achraf · Piszczek · Hummels · Akanji · Guerreiro
Witsel · Can
Jadon Sancho · Håland · Hazard
P S G
Meunier · Thiago Silva · Marquinhos · Bernat
Verratti · Gueye
Di María · Icardi · Mbappé · Neymar