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FOOTBALL – A Champions League match is never trivial. So even if PSG already has one foot and four toes in the round of 16, the trip to Manchester City, this Wednesday, November 24, will attract attention.
Already because it can allow Kylian Mbappé’s teammates to secure their place in the next round, which would be the tenth qualification in a row. Then because in case of victory, the Parisians would take a giant step towards the first place of the group (they are currently second behind their rivals) which makes it possible to avoid another seed in the draw.
“The priority is to qualify, and then to finish first. It’s better than finishing second ”, recalled coach Mauricio Pochettino on the eve of this shock.
Especially this match will once again be an opportunity for Paris to show Europe the dream potential of its XXL squad. To the Messi-Neymar-Mbappé trio which has already caused misery to City during the first leg (2-0 victory) and which should be aligned once again at the Etihad Stadium could be added the other flagship rookie of the ‘summer. Sergio Ramos is indeed in the Paris group for the first time this season. No doubt on the bench at kickoff, he could play his first minutes in the Parisian jersey.
But as nothing is simple in the season of PSG, two stars expected as holders will be withdrawn. Marco Verratti and Georginio Wijnaldum were injured in training on Tuesday and will not be able to play the game, announcement The team. A hard blow but not as much as the Covid-19 contamination of Kevin de Bruyne, the Belgian playing master of City.
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