PSG is set to seek qualification for the Champions League Round of 16 against Dortmund, and a victory is imperative.
Luis Enrique expressed relief after PSG-Newcastle. Not because of the team’s performance, which could have secured qualification with a win, but because, despite the disappointing result, Paris has its fate in its own hands, and that changes everything. A win against Dortmund means claiming the top spot in the group and securing a spot in the Round of 16.
“It’s strange because now we only depend on ourselves. If we win in Dortmund, we’ll be first. But at the same time, with a draw, we can be eliminated. We can even qualify by losing if the other match ends in a draw. We got the ‘group of death,’ and now we understand why. But the important thing is that we depend on ourselves, and the goal is to win in Dortmund,” said the PSG coach on PSG TV.
Lucas Hernandez, speaking on BeIN Sports, echoed a similar sentiment: “Now it’s up to us to play the last match there. We are aware that we can finish first in the group. These are the matches for high-level players like we have here. We know that if we go and win in Dortmund, we will qualify as the group winner, so it will be another final, and it’s up to us to play it.”