Paris Saint-Germain hosts Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Tuesday, February 15th at Parc des Princes (Paris)
PSG’s main goal for the season is to win the Champions League. But if Pochettino’s men manage to reach the final, it will happen only at the expense of individually strong players. As a team, the Parisians are inferior to most of the playoff participants. In their group, Messi and his partners took only 2nd place. They scored 11 points and lagged behind Manchester City, which earned 12 points. I cannot but note that the Parisians scored at least one goal against their opponents in all six matches in the group stage. In total, the Red-Blues scored 13 goals. Leo Messi upset the opponents’ goalkeepers five times. It is difficult to say in what condition the Parisians are now. On January 31, they lost to Nice on penalties in the French Cup. But in February, they gained two victories over unyielding Lille (1-5) and Rennes (1-0).
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Real Madrid has already won the Champions League under Ancelotti. Of course, the Whites again expect to win this tournament. But frankly speaking, they don’t have much of a chance. The fact is that the team has many older players who simply may not have enough strength for the second half of the season. I remind you that such players as Benzema, Kroos, Modric, and Marcelo are already over 30. And they are the leaders of the team. In any case, Real Madrid took first place in the group, overtaking Inter, Sheriff, and Shakhtar Donetsk. The Whites earned 15 points in six games. The gap from the second position was five points. In addition, they managed to score 14 goals and conceded only three times.
Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid know each other quite well. The history of their head-to-head confrontations has 13 matches. The Parisians gained four victories, while the Whites won six times. Definitely, the upcoming match is worth watching. It’s very curious how Messi will perform against the backdrop of the biggest irritant in his career. Beyond that, I wonder what Mbappe will show against the club he will most likely join in the summer. Naturally, we will see a very interesting confrontation. I think that PSG can at least not lose at home. It will be optimal for the hosts if they manage to secure an advantage of at least one goal before the second leg.