Loser: Thomas Tuchel
High-profile failings are becoming common on Tuchel’s watch. Last season’s infamous collapse against United at this stage should be a distant memory, but PSG fans will be fearing a repeat after a rough night in Dortmund.
Tuchel was once renowned for his artful, attacking brand of football. However, those qualities were distinctly absent from PSG’s first-half showing against his former club.
It shouldn’t be possible for a starting XI featuring Neymar, Mbappe and Angel Di Maria to be this shot-shy. Things hardly improved after the break, despite Mbappe and Neymar combining for a well-worked goal.
Winner: Diego Simeone
Simeone has lost some of his sparkle this season, with Atleti struggling to keep pace with Barcelona and Real Madrid in the La Liga title race. Simeone’s group trails unfashionable Getafe in the table, while the defensive-minded Argentinian has struggled to get the best from flair players such as Thomas Lemar and club-record signing Joao Felix.
If ever there was a time for Simeone to remind everyone why he was once so highly rated, it was Tuesday. He faced a daunting, two-pronged challenge against the reigning champions.
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