Sports Burst - PSG's Giant Leap

Reuters

By Tim Stannard

 

Party time in Paris after massive Manchester United win 

 

What was a (multiple) number of small steps for Kylian Mbappe to charge through Manchester United's defense to score PSG's second, ended up being a giant leap for the French club.

Without both Neymar and Edinson Cavani and a midfield that was almost abstract in comprising of a semi-injured player, a defender and a fullback, PSG looked comfortable for all of the 2-0 win in the Champions League last-16 first leg clash. There was even the added bonus of seeing Paul Pogba sent off and missing the return leg in Paris. 

 

The result was a psychological (and actual) victory for a club perceived to be in possession of a fragile mentality boomed Mbappe - "we must stop being afraid." It certainly cheered up the front page of Wednesday's L'Equipe which swooned that Tuesday night in Old Trafford "went like a dream." 

That certainly wasn't the case for Manchester United with some momentum taken out of the Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer revolution. "It's a level up," noted the Norwegian on his opponents. 

Tune into Sports Burst with Gabrielle Amado and Andres Cordero at 12PM ET / 9AM ET where they will ponder what all this means for PSG. Just head to our beIN SPORTS USA Facebook page

 

Real Madrid continues incredible quadruple quest

 

On Monday, Sports Burst was having a mad moment by tipping Santiago Solari to pull off the Ultimate Zidane move - taking over a crisis-hit Real Madrid mid-season, with low expectations and grabbing a Treble (or Quadruple if you count the FIFA Club World Cup). 

That quest continues on Amsterdam on Wednesday with Madrid up against Dutch team in flakey form and looking to lose all of its best players over the summer. 

"I have seen a lot of games and I think they play well," was the observation from Solari following the 'form is temporary, class is permanent' line, something he is more than familiar with in his short spell at Madrid.

The game will be notable for red card king, Sergio Ramos, who is having quite the season as it will be his 600th appearance for Madrid. "Not easy," admitted Solari, "we hope he can play many more."

 

Spurs v German Spurs in Wembley Champions League encounter 

 

Let's spin back to another PSG-esque team used to failing at big moments, forever having the world doubting them, beset by insecurity. 

Yep, Tottenham is in action the Champions League on Wednesday in a genuinely tantalizing tie against Borussia Dortmund. 

In theory, the Bundesliga league leaders are the favorites, but of late, Dortmund has been choking a little and blowing leads. All very Spurs, and very much like rain on your wedding day. 

 

The German side has travelled to London missing key players such as Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer. But at least the team arrived in the British capital at all, after the flight was delayed with Jadon Sancho forgot his passport. 

Spurs are also quite hampered and missing both 'Arry Kane and Dele Alli. 

 

Sao Paolo facing near mission impossible in Copa Libertadores 

 

Very quickly, the Copa Libertadores continues on Wednesday on beIN SPORTS. 

We are at the second qualifying round, second-leg stage. Atletico Mineiro, Defensor Sporting, and Palestino all passed through on Tuesday and there are four games across the network on Wednesday.

Today, Universidad de Chile is looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit against visiting Melgar from Peru. Coverage gets underway live on beIN SPORTS at 4:05PM ET / 1:05AM PT. 

That match is followed at 6:20PM ET / 3:20PM PT by the mighty Sao Paolo looking to achieve quite the mission impossible by clawing back a 2-0 defeat in the first leg against Talleres de Cordoba. 

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