Borussia Dortmund celebrated their Champions League last-16 first-leg win gleefully, but it was Paris Saint-Germain who had the last laugh.
Paris Saint-Germain set out to crush Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League hopes after raging at the German team’s social media response to winning the first leg, Presnel Kimpembe revealed.
A 2-1 success in Germany gave Dortmund a slender advantage before Wednesday’s second 90 minutes in Paris, where goals from Neymar and Juan Bernat gave PSG a 2-0 win and 3-2 aggregate triumph.
French defender Kimpembe said PSG sensed a lack of good grace in how Dortmund celebrated their February 18 victory, in which Erling Haaland scored twice.
“They are great players, but I’m going to say it – they lost their humility,” Kimpembe told reporters.
“Because, after they won at home, they did a lot of tweets, a lot of Instagram [posts], a lot of words, a lot of this and that. Whether it’s their sports director, the players, or the club’s official Instagram account, we all saw it. We kept that in our mind, and I think it all gave us a good boost.
“It gave us this little rage. And it worked to our advantage.”
On to the @ChampionsLeague quarterfinals!
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) March 11, 2020
Kimpembe said the home players were thrilled to see thousands of supporters flock to the Parc des Princes after coronavirus restrictions meant the second leg was played behind closed doors.
The gathering of PSG fans outside the stadium came despite concerns about large gatherings and the potential for the virus to spread with close contact.
Yet PSG’s players did not appear to mind their presence and said seeing fans already at the stadium before kick-off put the team in a positive mindset.
“At this moment, whether the staff or the players, we all realised that we were going to play a crazy game,” Kimpembe said. “And [we knew] that we had to give our lives because the fans were on the hook, they were behind us, despite the lockdown.”
The PSG players later celebrated by appearing on a balcony at the stadium and sharing their exuberance with the fans below, as flares were set off.
Playmaker Angel Di Maria was pictured standing bare-chested on the balcony wall.
“We felt their presence before coming to the stadium,” Kimpembe said. “It lasted five, six minutes, we all got our phones to film that. It’s a moment that will be etched in our hearts and in our memories.
“We want to say thank you to them, because it was important for us, and it was also important for them. Especially for them.
“Today, we are qualified, and this qualification is also for them, because they pushed us all through the game, even if they were outside of the Parc des Princes.
“We all finished tired, but knowing that we could have this little moment with our fans, we were very excited.
“We all ran to go and see them, and we were very happy. It warms our hearts to see an atmosphere like that, full of feeling, people screaming, and we can only thank them.”
PSG reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2016, when they lost at that stage to Manchester City.
Supercomputer Predicts The Champions League Winner For 2019-20 Season
Liverpool will fall short of successfully defending their Champions League crown, according to a supercomputer simulation.But Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have been in the final of the Champions League for the last two seasons, failed to retain the title in the supercomputer’s predictions.
BT Sport’s The Script predicted if Jurgen Klopp would lead Liverpool to their second consecutive Champions League trophy,Liverpool will fall short of successfully defending their Champions League crown, according to a supercomputer simulation.
But Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have been in the final of the Champions League for the last two seasons, failed to retain the title in the supercomputer’s predictions. Ahead of the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday, BT Sport’s The Script has been used to simulate the winner of Europe’s top-tier club competition. Premier League trio Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all reached the knockout stage of the competition. But Spurs, who were last season’s runners-up, failed to make the round of 16. And Chelsea come up against Los Blancos in the quarter-finals and are subsequently knocked out of the competition. Liverpool’s hopes of retaining the Champions League end in the quarter-finals against Barcelona. But Barca have the last laugh this time around as they beat Liverpool to set up El Clasico for the Champions League semi-finals.
Madrid beat Barcelona in the semi-finals and progress to the final to meet Bayern Munich, who knocked out Juventus. Zinedine Zidane’s men walk away triumphant with another Champions League crown after defeating the German champions 3-2 in the final. Atletico Madrid, who reinforced heavily this summer, were knocked at the hands of Bayern Munich in the round of 16.And Paris Saint-Germain reached the quarter-finals, only to narrowly lose 3-2 on an aggregate scoreline to the Bavarians.
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Champions League: UEFA Confirms Quarter Final Dates For Champions league
Bundesliga has announced its league will in action starting from 22 May while Serie A is also tipped to continue either this month or next to one, UEFA has indicated that they are working on its competition resumption in August despite agreeing that they are still in darkness over the situation.
According to RMC Sport, French club Lyon who shocked Juventus 1-0, is expected to play the return League in Turin on 8th August.
In a meeting that took place this morning in Turin between the presidents of the main European clubs, UEFA has confirmed that they are determined to finish 2019/2020 edition at all costs.
With other states working on how to either end or continue with championship which could come to an end of July, European football management body would also have found a date for the quarter-finals.
The quarter’s finals are tipped to take place on 10th,11th, or 12th August.
French giants Paris Saint-Germain, who eliminated Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16, could make their big comeback in action even after their league was canceled.
Portsmouth FC suggests Zorbing to resume EPL !!!
As an exit to the current Corona Virus trap for the EPL season a weird suggestion came up from Hampshire
• The Portsmouth club administration proposes to complete the season by wearing each zorb player to limit the spread of Corona
• Also, they suggested that the fans wear it, too!
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