Paris Saint-Germain are determined to stop Erling Haaland continuing his scoring streak when they come up against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, according to Thiago Silva.

Haaland has made an outstanding start to his Dortmund career, managing nine goals in six games across all competitions since joining from Salzburg in January.

The teenage sensation is likely to face off against Ligue 1 champions PSG in the first leg of a blockbuster last-16 tie at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday.

PSG centre-back Silva acknowledged the quality possessed by Haaland and is relishing the chance to test himself against one of European football's brightest prospects.

"He scores a lot of goals," Silva told RMC Sport after PSG's enthralling 4-4 draw with Amiens on Saturday. "Nine goals in six games, it's incredible, it's huge.

"I hope that we will be able to be cautious and that he will not score against us, but rather after in the league.

"But for us it's wonderful to play against a player like that, especially since he's just started his career. He is very motivated, but so are PSG."

On the tie itself, the Brazilian added: "Are we afraid? We have no fear, but we have a lot of respect. I saw the match [against Eintracht Frankfurt], they have a lot of quality in front, they scored four goals, with incredible technique, movements that are difficult to fight."

PSG boast devastating attacking talent of their own and could be boosted by the return of Neymar, who has not featured since February 1 due to a rib injury.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel said he would take a decision on Neymar's involvement on Sunday and Silva expects his compatriot to be involved in the first leg.

"It is good, it is good. He had a good week of preparation," he said. "The coach and the medical staff could see his form. Tuesday, I'm sure he will be there."

Thomas Tuchel hit out at questions doubting Paris Saint-Germain's form after their extraordinary 4-4 draw at Amiens.

Without Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, PSG incredibly fell 3-0 behind in the first half of the Ligue 1 fixture on Saturday.

However, Tanguy Kouassi's brace and goals from Ander Herrera and Mauro Icardi had them ahead before Serhou Guirassy's 91st-minute equaliser for Amiens.

It ended PSG's nine-game winning run but extended their unbeaten streak to 23 games ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

But Tuchel was unhappy with suggestions there were doubts for PSG ahead of that clash, saying his side simply had a poor period against Amiens.

"So what now? Should I lose it? It's good for you, you can say we have doubts, doubts, doubts. It's great for you, but not for me," the PSG head coach told a news conference.

"I expect nothing else. I always expect the team not to lose. I know that for you and for everyone it's perfectly normal that we win, we win, we win, with clean sheets, and if we do that it's always easy because we have the best team, the best players.

"And today we just had half an hour without focus, it shows that it can happen. This is Ligue 1. This is Ligue 1. There is quality.

"And now everyone is worried, we have a lot of issues... no, this is life, this is football. We were not focused, it can happen.

"We played 22-23 games super-focused, and for the first time we are not focused today. OK then, we conceded three goals, this is not a normal scenario. OK, I did not expect that, but I did not expect a 4-0, 5-0, 5-1 either.

"And yet it was possible, as we have shown a great reaction even if it was a little bit late. We did not start strongly and disciplined enough and focused. That's it."

Despite the draw, PSG hold a 13-point lead atop the Ligue 1 table.

Marquinhos warned Paris Saint-Germain's attitude must be spot-on at Borussia Dortmund after they stumbled to a 4-4 draw against Amiens on Saturday.

A shabby performance from the Ligue 1 leaders was not the way in which Thomas Tuchel's side wanted to prepare for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 match in Germany.

There seems no prospect of PSG losing their grip on top spot domestically; however, their burning ambition is to succeed in Europe.

And a repeat of the display at Amiens would almost certainly be punished ruthlessly by Dortmund, who have the likes of Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho in their ranks.

Defender Marquinhos came off the bench at Amiens where PSG trailed 3-1 and turned the game around to lead 4-3, before shipping a late equaliser to a team who have not won in the league since November.

Brazil international Marquinhos, fit again after a hamstring injury, said: "We saw that if we aren't focused at the start of a game, we can concede goals and that could cost us dearly in the end.

"We need to keep in mind the team's good reaction, because it was important to get back on level terms. It shows you have to keep your concentration right to the end, because if you just drop off for just a second, you concede a goal at the end of the game."

Marquinhos told PSG's website: "It was important for me to play again, to get back into things ahead of the important game coming up. I'm very happy to have managed that before the big match ahead of us.

"We now have to turn to Dortmund, we have to think about playing well, and that we're all 100 per cent there, even if there have been some difficult situations before that game. We need to have a good attitude to put in a good performance."

Thomas Tuchel says Paris Saint-Germain will decide on Sunday whether Neymar will play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

PSG, who face Dortmund in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Germany on Tuesday, have been without the Brazil star for their last four matches due to a rib injury.

Neymar missed crucial knockout games against Real Madrid and Manchester United in the last two Champions League seasons, with Tuchel still uncertain about his availability for their latest knockout contest in Europe.

"We have had a very close match and we are already talking about Neymar," Tuchel said after PSG's extraordinary 4-4 draw at Amiens in Ligue 1 on Saturday, a fixture the forward missed.

"Right now, I can't say anything in respect to Neymar. We can feel it is in everyone's minds.

"I still don't know about Neymar for Tuesday. Tomorrow [Sunday] we will make a decision about whether he can play or not."

Even though PSG fought back from three goals down in a thrilling contest with Amiens, Tuchel could not be satisfied after his side were denied victory by Serhou Guirassy's second goal, scored in added time.

However, he was pleased with how his players reacted to falling three behind inside 40 minutes, with Ander Herrera and Mauro Icardi on target either side of a double from teenager Tanguy Kouassi.

"We had the possibility of winning, twice we could have scored a fifth goal," Tuchel added to Canal+.

"Of course, when we concede four goals, we cannot be happy. But it was a complex situation and we arrived here not at 100 per cent.

"In the first half, the opponents shot four times and scored three goals, so things got complicated.

"We weren't focused enough but there are reasons for that. It's normal, there is a decisive match coming in the Champions League, and we did not have the right mentality.

"We reacted well to that and we deserved to win, but now is not the time to be angry."

Paris Saint-Germain fought back from three goals down but were denied by a last-gasp equaliser as they drew 4-4 at Amiens in a remarkable Ligue 1 contest.

Serhou Guirassy, Gael Kakuta and Fousseni Diabate all struck inside 40 minutes as struggling Amiens made an extraordinary start.

But PSG, who were playing without Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia, recovered to move to the brink of a memorable victory.

They equalled a Ligue 1 record by scoring in 32 straight away games when Ander Herrera got his first PSG goal just before the break, after which Nianzou Kouassi twice headed in to draw the visitors level.

Mauro Icardi thought he had completed the comeback when he tapped in, but Guirassy had the last word as Amiens salvaged a draw in the first minute of added time.

Paris Saint-Germain have equalled the Ligue 1 record for goals in consecutive away matches after netting for the 32nd straight game on their travels against Amiens.

Ander Herrera netted for PSG in the contest at Stade de la Licorne on Saturday, though that effort only made it 3-1 to Amiens after Serhou Guirassy, Gael Kakuta and Fousseni Diabate all struck in an unbelievable start for the hosts.

That strike ensured Thomas Tuchel's team moved level with the record, which they now jointly hold with Sedan, who went on a 32-match steak of scoring in top-flight away matches between November 1957 and August 1959.

The last time PSG failed to score in a Ligue 1 away game was when they drew 0-0 at Caen in May 2018.

Pep Guardiola will consider his future at Manchester City after the club were hit with a two-season Champions League ban.

City were handed the sanction – and a €30million fine – by UEFA on Friday for "serious breaches" of Financial Fair Play regulations.

The Premier League club have denied wrongdoing and intend to appeal the verdict, but they could face personnel problems if unsuccessful.

 

TOP STORY – GUARDIOLA TO CONSIDER MAN CITY FUTURE AFTER EUROPEAN BAN

Guardiola will consider his future as City manager at season's end unless the verdict is overturned, according to The Telegraph.

The Catalan – who has been linked with Juventus – is contracted until 2021 and had suggested previously he intended to honour his deal.

ESPN reports Guardiola is worried about how the ban will impact his players but does claim the former Barcelona coach would be willing to remain as long as he, personally, is happy.

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- With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still under some pressure at Old Trafford, Manchester United are favourites to land Massimiliano Allegri as manager, according to Sport Mediaset. Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and Roma are also reportedly interested in the former Juventus coach.

- Staying at Manchester United, the Manchester Evening News reports Leicester City star James Maddison wants a move to the Premier League giants. Maddison has been reported to be close to signing a contract extension at the King Power Stadium.

- With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming out of contract at the end of next season, Arsenal may opt to sell the forward during the next transfer window. The Mirror reports Inter are hoping to sign Aubameyang, who has also been linked to Barcelona.

- Olivier Giroud is prepared to wait to make a decision on his future despite coming out of contract at season's end. The Telegraph reports the Chelsea striker has been offered a pre-contract by Lazio but is in no rush to make a decision after attracting interest from Tottenham in January.

- Inter and Napoli are set for a transfer battle. CalcioMercato reports Hellas Verona and Albania defender Marash Kumbulla is a target for both clubs, who will need to pay at least €20m for the 20-year-old.

Paris Saint-Germain will be without both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe when the Ligue 1 leaders take on Amiens on Saturday.

Neymar has not played since suffering a rib injury against Montpellier on February 1, forcing him to miss league wins over Nantes and Lyon, as well as the midweek Coupe de France quarter-final triumph over Dijon.

With Borussia Dortmund coming up in the Champions League next week, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has opted against taking any risks with the Brazil international.

Mbappe played the entire game in the 6-1 thrashing of Dijon on Wednesday, including scoring his side's second goal just before half-time, but will not be involved at all against Amiens.

"We won't take any risks, obviously, but at the same time we'll put out a strong team," Tuchel had said at his pre-match press conference on Friday, prior to naming his squad.

Abdou Diallo, Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa and Thomas Meunier are also absentees for the game against relegation-threatened opponents, along with Pablo Sarabia.

However, Marco Verratti and Marquinhos are included in a 19-man squad as the reigning champions aim to move 15 points clear of nearest rivals Marseille, who are away at Lille on Sunday.

Erling Haaland has used the example of Kylian Mbappe to show he still has significant room for improvement despite a superb start to life at Borussia Dortmund.

Following a January move from Red Bull Salzburg, Haaland scored eight goals in his first four appearances for Dortmund, despite starting his opening two games on the bench - exploits that saw him named Bundesliga player of the month for January on Friday.

The teenager has understandably drawn high praise for his initial impact in Germany's top flight, which followed a series of eye-catching displays in the Champions League as he contributed eight goals in six outings for Salzburg.

However, Haaland believes he still has much work to do and the Norwegian highlighted Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe - a World Cup winner with France at the age of 19 - as someone he has yet to reach the level of.

"I always said to myself that my dream is to become one of the best players in the world," Haaland said in an interview with the Bundesliga's official website.

"I knew when I was young that I was good, but you know, it's also a long way to go. When I got my first professional contract in Bryne, I was thinking 'this is a good thing'. But on the other side, it's nothing compared to others.

"Also, when I was in Salzburg, I started scoring goals there, but if I'm realistic, I look at Kylian Mbappe, he's scoring, he's banging in goals in Ligue 1, so you know, you can always reach a higher level in football."

For the time being, the 19-year-old believes he still has work to do to emulate the feats of his father, Alf-Inge Haaland, a defender and midfielder who represented the likes of Manchester City and Leeds United as well as earning regular caps for his country.

Asked if he had already enjoyed a better career than his dad, Erling Haaland replied: "No, not yet. He has 34 games for Norway, and I think over 200 games in the Premier League in England, so I'm still missing a bit."

Thomas Tuchel believes the focus of his Paris Saint-Germain stars has already turned to the Champions League duel with Borussia Dortmund.

His task will be to ensure they are sufficiently tuned in to Saturday's Ligue 1 fixture at Amiens, and boss Tuchel is convinced his players will show their professionalism.

But Tuchel, who is a former head coach of Dortmund, is not oblivious to the fact next Tuesday's trip to Germany for the last-16 European match has captured the imagination.

He told PSG TV: "Maybe we have to accept that everyone's thinking about Dortmund; maybe the players, too, are thinking a bit about Dortmund.

"Maybe we have to accept we're not finding the same tension before the [Amiens] match as for a cup quarter-final or before a match against Lyon.

"Maybe that's normal and we have to accept that. It's not bad.

"But, that being said, I'm absolutely convinced that at the start of the match, and the two to three hours before, the boys will be concentrating. I'm very, very sure.

"It's normal. The match is an away game and there's another match on Tuesday, it's normal everyone thinks a bit about the game at Dortmund."

Tuchel admits he has also given thought to the Dortmund game, but his immediate priority is beating relegation-threatened Amiens, who last won in the league on November 2.

Looking to the Amiens game, he said: "We won't take any risks, obviously, but at the same time we'll put out a strong team."

Edinson Cavani could lead the attack at Amiens, with the Uruguayan striker, who turned 33 on Friday, seemingly entering the final months of his PSG career but still a player Tuchel trusts implicitly.

Tuchel said: "Edinson brings his incredible mentality. He is one of the club's great players. He is a goalscorer, he always works for the team. He's our first defender.

"He is always running. He is strong, he has the mindset and he also has the experience of playing the games. That's the way it is.

"We're playing in four different competitions and we expect to win every competition and every match, so for that we need players with personality, mentality and quality.

"Edinson Cavani has all of that."

Neymar could make his Paris Saint-Germain return against Amiens on Saturday - just in time to prove he is ready for the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.

PSG officials were set to carry out last-minute checks on the Brazilian striker before Thomas Tuchel's team headed north to tackle the Ligue 1 strugglers.

Former Barcelona frontman Neymar has been absent with a rib injury since the 5-0 win over Montpellier on February 1, and without him PSG have claimed league wins over Nantes and Lyon and a Coupe de France victory at Dijon.

"For Neymar, we have to decide with the doctor after the test," head coach Tuchel said.

"Whether he plays tomorrow or not, he will be in Dortmund for sure, but maybe not at his best like he was two weeks ago.

"But I am convinced he will help us and with this game we will keep going, and we hope he will be uninjured and be able to play a few games in a row until the end of the season."

Tuchel explained he wanted Neymar to play in every game.

"Yes, but I cannot push him," Tuchel said. "I have the advice of the medical staff but we decide together.

"I want him to play all the time. There are a lot of things to think about. There is the opinion of the medical staff, the player, the feeling that the player is not worried about playing.

"We need to talk to one another and think about it, but in the end we have to make very clear decisions. No risks against Lyon and no risks against Dijon. In the end he agrees and I think it is a good thing because we will make the common decision together."

Tuchel stressed he had no complaints over Neymar's trip to Germany on Thursday to promote a clothing range.

"I knew about it for a few weeks," said Tuchel. "It was organised with the club. It was clear for almost six weeks. It's not a problem."

Former Dortmund boss Tuchel said Marquinhos, Marco Verratti and Idrissa Gueye would be fit to return to the first team at Amiens, barring any setbacks in training on Friday afternoon, after missing the Dijon cup game through injury.

First Barcelona and now Real Madrid. Lautaro Martinez is a wanted man.

With 16 goals across all competitions for Inter this season, Martinez is attracting plenty of interest following previous links to Manchester United.

Madrid and Barca are set to go head-to-head on and off the pitch.

 

TOP STORY – MADRID JOIN BARCA IN MARTINEZ RACE

Real Madrid want to pay the release clause of Inter star and Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez, according to Tyc Sports.

Martinez has long been linked with LaLiga champions Barca, who are eyeing a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.

However, Martinez is now firmly on Madrid's radar with a release clause of €115million and Luka Jovic struggling to score regularly behind veteran striker Karim Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu.

 

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- ESPN says Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are chasing Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who is on loan at Premier League side Sheffield United. The 22-year-old – who is contracted to United until 2022 – has impressed at Bramall Lane and is reportedly unwilling to return to Manchester unless he is number one ahead of David de Gea.

Manchester City have joined Madrid, Barca, Arsenal and Tottenham in the race to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, reports the Manchester Evening News. Pep Guardiola's City are desperate for defensive reinforcements following Vincent Kompany's exit and injury woes.

- According to the Daily Express, Serie A champions Juventus are eying a shock move for Chelsea's Willian, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

- Remaining in Turin and the Daily Mail claims Juve have entered the chase for Birmingham City teenager Jude Bellingham. The 17-year-old is also wanted by United and Chelsea.

Tottenham are plotting a double swoop for Norwich City pair Ben Godfrey and Max Aarons, the Express says. It comes as the Daily Mail reports Spurs will sell Eric Dier if he does not sign a new contract.

- Marca says Barca have contacted Levante about Roger Marti but the club have pointed to the striker's release clause. Barca are looking to bring in an emergency forward following Ousmane Dembele's long-term injury. Real Betis' Loren Moron and Lucas Perez of Deportivo Alaves are also reported options.

Jadon Sancho is a player in demand.

The former Manchester City youth player is a man in demand due to exploits with Borussia Dortmund.

The Premier League's elite are circling…

 

TOP STORY – LIVERPOOL WANT SANCHO AMID UNITED LINKS

Liverpool want to sign Borussia Dortmund star and Manchester United target Jadon Sancho, according to the Daily Mail.

United are reportedly confident of luring the 19-year-old England international to Old Trafford, ahead of Premier League rivals Chelsea.

However, a fresh report claims Premier League leaders Liverpool have joined the race for the teenager as Jurgen Klopp hopes to take advantage of the relationship with former club Dortmund. Sky Germany also says Sancho will leave Dortmund at the end of the season.

 

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Barcelona are preparing to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, reports El Confidencial. Neymar, who left Barca for a world-record €222m fee in 2017, has been heavily linked with a return to Camp Nou. After missing out on an off-season move, Neymar could be on his way back to the LaLiga giants – who are reportedly willing to sell one or two players to finance the blockbuster transfer.

- According to The Sun, Chelsea are battling United for the signature of 16-year-old Birmingham City sensation Jude Bellingham, who could cost up to £50million. The teenager has also attracted interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

- United recruit Odion Ighalo has been barred from the club's training ground due to ongoing coronavirus precautions, says The Mirror. Ighalo arrived from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on deadline day, moving to United on loan until the end of the season. The Nigeria international, however, has not been allowed to train at Carrington.

Barca have ruled out signing Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose, reports Marca. With Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez sidelined, Barca are set to receive permission to sign an emergency forward within Spain. Real Betis' Loren Moron now reportedly tops the list of targets.

- Sandro Tonali has been valued at €55m and €60m by Brescia amid interest from Serie A champions Juventus and Inter, according to Calciomercato.

- Liverpool, United and Bayern Munich are eyeing Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka, reports the Daily Mail.

- AS claims Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu is at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war between Madrid, United and Atletico Madrid.

Neymar is in doubt for Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League last-16 first leg at Borussia Dortmund, according to head coach Thomas Tuchel.

PSG were without star forward Neymar for Wednesday's 6-1 rout of Dijon in the Coupe de France quarter-finals due to a rib injury.

Neymar stayed in Paris as the Brazilian continues to recover from the injury, which he suffered against Montpellier on February 1 and led to him missing Ligue 1 wins over Nantes and Lyon.

After travelling to Amiens in Ligue 1 on Saturday, PSG will then make the trip Dortmund for the opening leg of their Champions League tie against the Bundesliga outfit on Tuesday.

Asked about Neymar post-game, Tuchel told reporters: "I can't say that he will be 100 per cent to play against Borussia Dortmund.

"We will discuss and decide on Friday, the latest possible time to do so. We can't risk his fitness."

Tuchel added: "We aren't going to take risks against Amiens, it's clear. We will have a strong team, but if we have little doubts, we won't take risks."

PSG sailed into the Coupe de France semi-finals thanks to the midweek demolition at Dijon.

An early own goal from Wesley Lautoa opened the scoring for PSG, though the visitors were pegged back by Mounir Chouiar 12 minutes later.

However, a Pablo Sarabia brace and goals from Kylian Mbappe and Thiago Silva, as well as a Senou Coulibaly own goal secured PSG's passage.

"Dijon started very aggressively, took a lot of risks and put in a lot of effort. We were also very focused, and battled for second balls," Tuchel said.

"We were very careful but were able to step up our tempo. We were patient and played quickly, simply and created space in the second half. We controlled the game and scored two more goals quickly."

Former Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre said Neymar can forget about birthday parties in Brazil if the Paris Saint-Germain star returns to Camp Nou.

Neymar has been heavily linked with a Barca reunion after leaving the LaLiga champions for PSG in a world-record €222million transfer in 2017.

The Brazil forward wanted a Barca return in the off-season, but a move away from the Ligue 1 giants did not materialise.

Asked about Neymar, Mestre – who resigned in July – told Mundo Deportivo: "The players asked for him, but didn't pressurise the club. I came off badly in that.

"If he had come back and the club had benefitted because of it, I wouldn't have a problem with that. I'm not that proud.

"On sporting terms he could come back but on a series of conditions. Firstly, PSG have to agree, then he would have to withdraw his lawsuit and acknowledge that he was in the wrong and after that, all the birthday parties in Brazil would have to stop.

"There were players from the first team squad who were at a wedding with him but had no idea that he wanted to leave."

On his own exit from Barca, Mestre said: "I felt I'd been fighting an uphill battle for some time. I had a different ideas about things to other board members but it wasn't important.

"I realised that I was the only one who thought in a certain way. The football committee which comprised [Josep Maria] Bartomeu, [Javier] Bordas, [Jaume] Elias and [Xavier] Vilajoana were not in agreement with me or with Pep Segura in his role as general manager. I was the only one who defended him and I felt alone."

It has been a turbulent period for Barca – who are three points behind LaLiga leaders Real Madrid – after head coach Ernesto Valverde was sacked, while superstar captain Lionel Messi was involved in a public row with director of football Eric Abidal.

"You have to recognise the merits of everything they have achieved in recent years," Mestre said. "The least they deserve is some respect and gratitude but you also have to be aware that nothing lasts forever. We are going through a transition and so you have to give people time and be patient."

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