In the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, Borussia Dortmund will face Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday (from 9:00 p.m. in the live ticker). Although the star ensemble of the Seine is a slight favorite in the duels with the third in the Bundesliga, there are at least five good reasons for a BVB victory. 1. Haaland and Sancho are better than Mbappé: At 21, PSG attacker Kylian Mbappé was one of the absolute world stars. The list of his personal awards is long. For many experts there is no question that Mbappé will win the Ballon d'Or as the world's best footballer in the not too distant future. The Frenchman has also been able to call himself world champion since 2018.
At BVB, however, an offensive jewel has matured since 2017, which is believed to be similar to Mbappé: Jadon Sancho. This season the Englishman, who is even two years younger than his French competitor, has taken his performance to a new level. Sancho's impressive record 2019/2020 in the jersey of BVB: 30 competitive games, 34 goal participations.In a study by the football research institute "CIES" Sancho was recently recognized as the most effective player in the top 5 leagues – Mbappé did not even make it into the top 10 "Jadon is a player I like to watch, a great player with very high quality," Mbappés team-mate Neymar praised the young Dortmund player. Good for BVB: With Erling Haaland, Sancho has had another congenial teammate since January, the Dortmund player Attack makes it even more unpredictable. The 19-year-old from Norway scored nine times in six competitive games for BVB. There are also 29 goals in 27 appearances for his ex-club Red Bull Salzburg, which means that Halland scores every 48 minutes across all competitions. For comparison: there are an average of 87 minutes between Mbappé's goals. 2. BVB offensive on record course "I am sure that they can score six or seven goals in each game," said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel about the upcoming Champions League opponent – a joke by the former BVB coach, which is not far from reality. The Dortmund goal scorer scored 63 goals in the 22 Bundesliga games this season – a new club record. Haaland and Co. have so far been impressively accurate, especially in the 2020 calendar year. 24 goals in six games speak for themselves: the fact that the PSG defense was very vulnerable last weekend in the 4: 4 against France's penultimate table SC Amiens gives BVB courage – even if Tuchel spared many stars against the underdog and Zorc the result against this background wanted to give "image" less meaningful to "image". 3. BVB in power at home Since the bitter 2: 4 derby defeat against FC Schalke 04 in April 2019, BVB has been unbeaten in Signal Iduna Park – even though in the Champions League group phase with FC Barcelona (0-0) and Inter Milan (3: 2) at least two European top teams and in the Bundesliga the title candidates Borussia Mönchengladbach (1: 0) and RB Leipzig (3: 3) made guest appearances in the former Westfalenstadion. The atmosphere in the Dortmund "Tempel" with regularly more As 81,000 (or around 66,000 international) viewers, even the most experienced opponents can intimidate and carry their own team to extraordinary performances. BVB did not score at home from around 27 out of 30 possible points in the Bundesliga. The goal difference is: 40:10 (!). Another plus: the Dortmund team lost only two out of ten appearances against a French team in their European Cup history. Borussia won five of these comparisons. 4. Favre's positive record against TuchelNine times, Favre and Tuchel have faced each other as head coach. The Swiss won five of these games. In contrast, there are only three defeats: Although BVB managed the last big title win with the DFB Cup win in 2017 under Tuchel's direction, Favre has had a better point yield per Bundesliga game than his previous-predecessor after a good one and a half years with the eight-time German champions , While BVB averaged "only" 2.09 points per game under Tuchel, it was 2.11 for Favre. Both coaches have in common that they are not loved in Dortmund. Both Tuchel and Favre are too tactical nerds and not enough people to catch the Ruhrpott mentality. The PSG-Goach in particular is also considered to be rather difficult from a human point of view, which also led to a split with the BVB managers and ultimately the premature separation. BVB can, PSG must While Favre generally works on probation due to the recurrent weaknesses at BVB, but is not expected to move into the quarter-finals of the premier class, the round of 16 for Tuchel personally could have very concrete negative effects – at least when PSG retires and misses the goal of the Champions League title, and last season when his team also failed in the last 16 of Manchester United, there were rumors of a layoff of the 46-year-old. However, the almighty club boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi stood behind Tuchel at the time. It is unlikely that he will be able to count on backing in the event of an early exit, and in addition: In Dortmund, the clear goal is to win the national championship this season. Internationally, however, the minimum goal has already been reached by reaching the round of 16. The significantly greater pressure is on the part of PSG.Tobias Knoop