Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has faith his side can overcome Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League round-of-16 clash despite the threat of Erling Haaland.
Dortmund signed Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg since the pair were drawn against one another, and the 19-year-old has flourished with a record-breaking run of eight goals in his first four appearances, the first player ever to do so for a Bundesliga club.
Meunier, 28, told reporters after PSG edged their way to a 2-1 win over Nantes on Tuesday that despite Haaland’s prolific figures, he believes Les Parisiens can qualify for the quarter-finals:
“Fear him? I don’t know him especially. He’s got very good numbers, which underline that Dortmund score an enormous number of goals, but they’re also a team that concedes a lot of goals.
“On paper, PSG can beat any team. It’s up to us to ensure that we qualify.”
The Black and Yellows will play host to their French opponents in the first leg on Tuesday, February 18, in what will be just the third meeting between these two teams.
Haaland has netted his eight goals in the space of 180 minutes for Lucien Favre’s side, an average of one strike every 22.5 minutes since moving to the Westfalenstadion.
His most recent contribution came during a 3-2 defeat at Werder Bremen in the DFB Cup on Tuesday, though Dortmund had won three successive league games prior to that.
PSG are unbeaten in 20 matches, meanwhile, and have won their last seven successive games across all competitions. That includes a remarkable run of 10 consecutive wins away from home, a streak the Yellow Wall looks certain to test.
Les Parisiens have exited the Champions League in the last 16 in the past three tournaments, and a resurgent Dortmund boasting the talents of a rare attacking prodigy threaten to extend their rut.