It’s been a long time since an English team won the Champions League. Chelsea did it back in 2011/12 and until Liverpool fell at the last hurdle in 2017/18, for seven years English football has taken a back seat as Spain took their turn at the top table.
Times have changed! Could this season be the start of a new cycle of Premier League dominance?
Man Utd vs PSG
Things are a little different around Old Trafford these days and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd pose an altogether different threat to Thomas Tuchel’s PSG than Jose Mourinho’s did. Or do they? PSG are without Edinson Cavani and Neymar, leaving Tuchel with some difficult tactical decisions to make. Without these two in previous games, Kylian Mbappe has started as a central striker, supported by Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler.
United have home advantage and know that PSG, to use modern football parlance, are in ‘a bad moment’. They were knocked out of the French League Cup by Guingamp and lost to 2-1 to Lyon two weeks ago. Forget the riches and individual star players, PSG are entirely beatable.
The worry is that all Tuchel really needs from the first leg of this game is to keep Man Utd quiet and grab a goal on the counter-attack. There are specific things Man Utd do which he may look to exploit (read more of those here), with one being ensuring the right side of defence is secure and the left of attack strong. Solskjaer best be prepared.