Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund will open their Champions League accounts when they lock horns at the Parc des Princes in Group F on Tuesday.
- PSG have managed to win just two of their five Ligue 1 games this season
- Dortmund remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga after picking up two wins and two draws
- PSG dispatched Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League back in 2019-20
With AC Milan and Newcastle United also hoping to qualify from Group F, both PSG and Borussia Dortmund will be determined to kick off their Champions League campaign on a positive note.
Paris Saint-Germain Form
It would not be unfair to say that PSG have endured a below-par start to the season, with the perennial French champions recording two wins, two draws and one loss in Ligue 1.
Despite the best efforts of Kylian Mbappe – who has scored seven goals in four league outings this term – Les Parisiens have struggled for consistency during the early stages of the campaign.
Following draws with Lorient and Toulouse in August, PSG suffered a 3-2 defeat against Nice last time out, meaning Luis Enrique will be desperate to establish a rhythm before it’s too late.
Borussia Dortmund Form
In fairness, Borussia Dortmund have also flattered to deceive this season. Although they remain unbeaten in 2023-24, BVB have already drawn with VfL Bochum and Heidenheim.
Edin Terzic’s men returned to winning ways on Saturday, however, claiming a 4-2 victory at Freiburg, with Mats Hummels bagging a brace and Donyell Malen scoring his third goal of the campaign.
Having fallen in the round of 16 last term, Dortmund will be eager to reach the latter stages of the Champions League this time around, but that means advancing from the group of death.
PSG and Dortmund met during the 2019-20 Champions League campaign, with the French side claiming a 3-2 aggregate victory over the German outfit that season.
Paris Saint-Germain's lengthy injury list contains Marco Asensio, Presnel Kimpembe, Lee King-in, Alexandre Letellier, Nori Mukiele, Nuno Mendes, Fabian Ruiz and Sergio Rico.
Borussia Dortmund also have several players absent through injury, with Julian Duranville, Thomas Meunier and Mateu Morey Bauza all expected to miss Tuesday’s clash.
It is no secret that Kylian Mbappe is PSG’s main man, but Luis Enrique can also call upon high-class players like Marquinhos, Achraf Hakimi, Ousmane Dembele, Lucas Hernandez and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
On the flip side, Dortmund’s crop of talented attackers includes Julian Brandt, Karim Adeyemi, Sebastien Haller, Youssoufa Moukoko, Donyell Malen and Giovanni Reyna.
Tuesday’s showdown looks destined to be an eventful encounter between two attack-minded teams. PSG head into the clash as home favourites, but Dortmund possess more than enough quality to upset the odds in the French capital.