Health crisis requires, football is no longer experienced the same way.
The pandemic is depriving stadium supporters and players of valuable support.
For many teams, this directly impacts the results.
Without an audience, there is no longer a home game or an away game.
Or rather, the advantage of a home game has shrunk considerably.
A fact to take into account at PSG before the return leg of its Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich, this Tuesday evening (9 p.m., RMC Sports 1).
According to Opta, there have been 117 away victories in Ligue 1 this season, already the highest total for a single season in history.
No more team rules in their kingdom.
PSG can attest to this.
117 - There have been 117 away victories in Ligue 1 2020/21, already the highest total for a single season in history.
Moreover, only 7 teams have scored more points at home than away in L1 this season.
- OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 12, 2021
Rarely caught failing in its enclosure in the past, the Ile-de-France club have already conceded 6 of their 10 defeats of the season to the Parc des Princes (Lille, Nantes, Monaco, Lyon, Manchester United, Marseille).
A record since the arrival of QSI in 2011. Fans are missing, the passion of the Collective Ultras Paris too.
Yet it will be necessary to do without them, again, this Tuesday against Bayern.
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For Willy Sagnol, ex-Bavarian and Georgia coach, the closed door “takes everything away”.
“It's complicated for the players.
We're tough on them.
We really do not take into account the psychological data.
This has been going on for over a year.
There is a form of wear.
“From then on, we can imagine everything.
Perhaps Bayern, with their supporters, would not have let themselves be trapped in the first leg.
Perhaps also that Paris, at the Park, would not have suffered so much in the first half against Barça last month.
"An advantage for the away team"
What about this Tuesday?
Will PSG be penalized?
The answer is yes for Joshua Kimmich, Bavarian midfielder.
“In general you prefer to play at home because you know the pitch, the stadium, the changing rooms ... You are in a familiar environment.
It's the same for Paris I think.
But of course it's an advantage for the away team if there are no fans, ”he explains on the Bayern website.
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The former Parisian Vikash Dhorasso, consultant La Chaine L'Equipe, even finds "unfair to keep the concept of an away goal" under these conditions.
But Paris will not complain about it this time.
His 3-2 victory in Munich still puts him in an ideal position.