DECRYPTION – Everything you need to know before the C1 match between PSG and Bruges on Tuesday.
Where and when to watch PSG-Bruges?
For once, this match of the sixth day of the group stage will not start at 9 p.m., but at 6:45 p.m. What does not change is that Canal + and RMC Sport 1 will broadcast it live. You can also follow him live commented on our site with Teddy Vadeevaloo.
What challenges for PSG …
No. If it is not that to please its public and to respect the competition, as the time-honored expression wants it. With its defeat against Manchester City two weeks ago, at the Etihad Stadium (2-1), the players of Paris Saint-Germain are guaranteed their place in the round of 16 and finish second in the group A standings. which also means that they will face a group first in the spring, with the return match on the road. Still, Paris can no longer overtake City or be caught.
Obviously, the vice-champions of Europe 2020 have every interest in not taking this meeting over the leg. Despite their honorary title of autumn champion, they bring little guarantee in terms of quality of play. Another underperformance would not strengthen Pochettino’s credit. “I feel the support of the players and the club“, Promises the Argentinian technician. The kind of thing that can change quickly.
… And for Bruges?
Scattered like a puzzle by Leipzig (0-5) during the previous day, at the Jan-Breydelstadion, the Bruges players are definitely out of the race for the round of 16 of C1. Worse: they are now fourth in the group standings, with the same number of points as the Red Bulls (4). The double penalty. Clearly, to finish third and compete in the Europa League in the spring, they will have to do better than Leipzig, which receives City – which has nothing more to fear or to hope for either – at the Red Bull Arena at the same time (6:45 p.m. ).
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Which opponent for PSG in the 8th?
It will not be Manchester City, two teams from the same group cannot compete in the 8th. It will not be Lille either, posters between two clubs from the same country being banned at this stage of the competition. The Lille would still have to finish in the lead, they who dominate the classification of a group G where the four teams stand in three points. As it stands, Liverpool (group B), Ajax Amsterdam (group C) and Bayern Munich (group E) are sure to be among the potential opponents of the vice-champions of Europe in the draw, December 13. In group D, the first place will be played between Real Madrid (12 pts) and Inter Milan (10 pts). In the F, Villarreal (7 pts) can still overtake Manchester United (10 pts) on the wire. Finally, Chelsea and Juventus Turin have the same number of points (12) in Group H and a reunion with a certain Thomas Tuchel is therefore part of the options.
Will Pochettino spin?
Yes and no. As you might expect, Mauricio Pochettino has not announced that he will field the B team on Monday, in press conference. Besides, he probably won’t. The Argentine coach will not take any risk in this game without a stake, even if it is a Champions League meeting. Neymar and Julian Draxler are unavailable, while Juan Bernat, Rafinha and Sergio Rico are not qualified in C1. Sergio Ramos is forfeited. The Spaniard will miss a third game in a row after Nice (0-0) and Lens (1-1), he who made his debut under the Parisian colors in Saint-Etienne at the end of November (3-1 victory).
What happened in the first leg?
If they had started the meeting well and even briefly led the race, the Parisians had hardly shone in Bruges in mid-September. Not enough control, too many imbalances and weaknesses in the game: a foretaste of what they would show afterwards and a draw with the appearance of defeat (1-1) to start the European campaign. Keylor Navas had been one of the most prominent players on the PSG side, that’s to say it all. For the Belgian champions, the Dutch international winger Nao Lang (22 years old, 3 caps) had burst the screen, like the Belgian international striker Charles De Ketelaere (20 years old, 4 caps, 1 goal). It was nevertheless their captain, Hans Vanaken, who had equalized, 12 minutes after the opening scoring of Ander Herrera (15th and 27th). Paris did well.