PSG vs Borussia Dortmund was a bizarre experience.
The Champions League clash was played behind closed doors, the second such game this season following Valencia’s clash with Atalanta on Tuesday evening. That did not stop thousands of fans of the home team gathering outside the stadium, but it was still eerily silent inside the Parc des Princes.
Still, there was a game of football to be played despite the ongoing situation, and it was the French club who prevailed, 2-0. It wasn’t the best game of football, but PSG were the more clinical, scoring twice from eight shots, whilst the German outfit failed to hit the back of the net from 11.
Featuring for Die Schwarzgelben was Liverpool target Jadon Sancho. The 19-year-old has become a key member of Dortmund’s side this year, but although he had some good moments in the match – he completed five of his seven dribbles, for example – it was still far from the best display from the England international.
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Few players have been able to match his performances in the Bundesliga this term – he has 14 goals and 16 assists in just 23 matches, a return to be proud of – and it is these displays that have seen him be the subject of such interest from the Reds. However, in the biggest moments, his performances have often left a bit to be desired.
In the Champions League, he failed to score in two games against Inter Milan, and one against Barcelona, managing a goal and an assist in the other two matches. Against PSG, he was even less successful, failing to rack up one of either in those outings.
It was a similar story last year too. He did net against Atletico Madrid – albeit a tap-in – but he was anonymous against Tottenham as BVB lost 4-0 on aggregate. In the Bundesliga against Bayern Munich, as well, he has struggled to make an impact – he failed to bag in either game last year, and he was hauled off after just 36 minutes this time around.
Following the match, Dortmund boss Lucien Favre confirmed it had nothing to do with his fitness, but rather he wasn’t performing well enough.
Whilst there is no doubting he is a promising youngster who has the world at his feet, there is a question mark over his ability to perform in the biggest moments. With a Transfermarkt value of £117m, it would likely cost Liverpool a fortune to find out whether that would change at Anfield. It is certainly something for them to consider moving forward.