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Champions League – "Tuchel style", reunion and anti-PSG: what draws to Paris? – Champions League 2019-2020 – Football – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – PSG saved the hypothesis of a confrontation with a giant in Europe by finishing at the top of the group ahead of Real Madrid in the group stage. But whatever the draw, his round of 16 will be no less tasty. Zoom in on the potential opponents of the capital's club during the draw that takes place on Monday in Nyon (12h00).

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Sexiest: Tottenham

It would also be a first if Paris met Spurs. However, this draw would give rise to sacred reunions. With former players from the Capital Club, already. They are three in the line-up of Tottenham: Lucas Moura, one of the heroes of the London club's epics until the Champions League final last season, Serge Aurier and Giovani Lo Celso. But also with José Mourinho, who crossed the sword with PSG three times in C1 from the time he was Chelsea coach (2003-04, then 2013-14 and 2014-15). Adding to the prospect of defeating the reigning European vice champion makes this a possible duel between Paris and Tottenham particularly attractive.

  • Probability of this draw: 17.333%

Serge Aurier

The most unpredictable: Naples

Impossible to know what to expect with Naples. The Italian club fired coach Carlo Ancelotti just two hours after qualifying for the knockout stages. The crisis he was in was supposed to cause players to leave during the winter transfer window. It is difficult to get an impression of the face that the Neapolitan team will present in February. The first certainty is that it will not really look like the one that had tied with PSG in group games last season (2-2, 1-1). The second is that you should always be wary of a club in instability. Naples just had the bitter experience against Chelsea in 2012.

  • Probability of this draw: 14.885%

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The more "Tuchel style": Borussia Dortmund

If anyone wants to play big on PSG in the knockout stages of the Champions League, it's Thomas Tuchel. The Parisian coach is generally condemned to succeed on a great European course to retain the post-Manchester United fiasco last season. There will be a lot of talk about German until February. Especially if Paris had to meet Borussia Dortmund, where the Parisian coach worked during 2015 and 2017. BvB exchanges the good and the less good this season, but is still very experienced at European level and the reputation of the audience is no longer doable. You have to be very strong against the yellow wall. Tuchel knows this better than anyone else.

  • Probability of this draw: 16.683%

Thomas Tuchel and Ousmane Dembélé with Dortmund

Thomas Tuchel and Ousmane Dembélé with DortmundGetty Images

The most unbalanced: Atalanta Bergamo

Without doubt the least snoring club on the board. And for good reason. Atalanta had never played in the Champions League, and a fortiori participated in a round of 16 of the event earlier this year. His miraculous qualification after three defeats and a draw for the first four days provides another reason to make it the most affordable draw patch on paper. But if Paris were to face the formation of Gian Piero Gasperini, it would above all be the promise of a spectacular confrontation between the best attack from Italy and France. His PSG would be ultra-favorite. Something that fits perfectly with Papu Gomez and his teammates.

  • Probability of this draw: 14.885%