Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has been tested negative for coronavirus. This report comes after the 21-year-old missed two training sessions due to sore throat.

The French side will be hoping for Mbappe's pacey recovery as PSG are trailing 2-1 from the first leg of their tie against Borussia Dortmund and will have to be at their best to advance into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Defeat for PSG could mean their fourth successive Champions League exit in the Round-of-16 fixtures.

PSG manager Thomas Tuchel described Dortmund as "very dangerous" opponents and that his side will have to play "very intelligently".

"They have played their most recent matches with more or less the same starting XI, the same formation, the same structure and we have analysed them well. I think we're in better form now than we were then," the club's official website quoted Tuchel as saying.

"We have more players in form, even if we didn't play against Strasbourg. It's a shame but we made up for it by training hard, maximum intensity. Borussia Dortmund are a very dangerous side with a lot of speed on the counterattack and in transition. We need to play very intelligently," he added.

Also, PSG on March 9 announced that their Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund will be played behind closed doors due to coronavirus outbreak.

Reflecting on the same, Tuchel said: "In a match of this importance, they (spectators) are very important to create a special atmosphere, tension, pressure on our opponent. With what's happening between coronavirus and Kylian Mbappe's illness, we have to adapt and think. At the same time, it's a football match and we're capable of adapting, I'm confident." PSG will take on Borussia Dortmund on March 12.

(with inputs from agencies)

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal