Bayern, Metropolis, Actual… All you could learn about PSG’s potential opponents

DECRYPTION – Overview of the groups from which PSG might inherit this Monday, in the course of the draw for the eighth.

We are going to watch for the draw serenely“, stated Christophe Galtier on Wednesday, after the Parisian victory within the Juventus stadium (1-2). Unsure that the time period is greatest suited, realizing that the capital membership, doubled on the wire by Benfica and second in its group, will face one of many first and will fall on very heavy within the spherical of 16, like Manchester Metropolis or Actual Madrid for instance. Bayern too. Furthermore, the Munich membership is the one which Paris-SG is most certainly to face in accordance with the statistics (see under). It’s certainly not a full draw, the 16 golf equipment nonetheless in rivalry in C1 can not inherit a workforce from their group (PSG will subsequently not meet Benfica) or a formation from their nation. After all, the group winners are destined to play towards runners-up, two hats for this eighth draw.

In any case, we think about that the opposite golf equipment will all hope to keep away from Paris, the scarecrow of the second hat with Liverpool. “We’ll watch the draw and we’ll play to win“, insists Kylian Mbappé, high scorer within the competitors tied with Mo Salah (7 objectives). “There are groups which have gained the Champions League by being second“Slips Marquinhos, remembering that the Reds did it in 2019 after ending behind … Paris within the pool. One factor is definite: PSG will obtain the primary leg. For the remainder, Leo Messi, Neymar Jr and firm will likely be mounted this Monday (from 12 p.m.). They may little doubt hope to attract Porto or Tottenham, opponents much less powerful on paper than the three talked about above. Though, it must be demonstrated, on this season with many unknowns with particularly the World Cup parameter… Give attention to the seven potential opponents of the champions of France.

Bayern Munich: revenge for revenge (PSG has a 19.46% likelihood of going through Bayern)

Unable to face their compatriots (Leipzig, Dortmund, Frankfurt) or the second of their group (Inter Milan), the Bavarians have solely 4 potential opponents within the eighth. For his or her half, the speculation of pulling Liverpool is the most certainly (37.12). For PSG, it’s that of falling on Bayern who’s most certainly to reach (19.46%). And it might not be excellent news realizing that the six-time winner of the occasion has digested the departure of Robert Lewandowski relatively properly, notably successful all his matches within the “group of dying” (Inter, Barça, Plzen). A cador, an actual one. An armada strengthened by Sadio Mané and Matthijs de Ligt final summer season, with Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich nonetheless in cost. To not point out the previous PSG mascot, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, in (very) nice form in the meanwhile and who’s going objective for objective, and even the titi Kingsley Coman, scorer within the C1 2020 last in Lisbon. Paris had taken its revenge by dismissing the Bavarians on the quarter-final stage the next 12 months, over the past confrontation so far between the 2 golf equipment.

League rating: 1st
Finest Champions League efficiency: winner (1974 to 1976, 2001, 2013, 2020)
Main participant: Sadio Mané
Report of confrontations (the final in 2021): 6 wins, 0 draw, 5 losses (11 matches)

Naples: the true-false good draw (17.11%)

Crushed in Liverpool (2-0) on the final day of the group stage however nonetheless undefeated in Serie A, the Neapolitans are in nice form. Luciano Spalletti’s males might not have the status of Actual, Metropolis or Bayern, however it might not be a cakewalk for PSG towards former Lille participant Victor Osimhen and his little comrades, greater than by no means leaders within the Italian championship standings after their Saturday victory over Atalanta Bergamo (1-2). Fabian Ruiz would discover his former companions and Salvatore Sirigu, a Parc des Princes he is aware of by coronary heart. Tanguy Ndombélé nearly got here there final winter, nevertheless it did not occur in the long run. Observe that Napoli have by no means handed the eighth stage in C1. Clearly, the true-false good draw for PSG, which might expertise a fiery ambiance on the Maradona stadium in Naples.

League rating: 1st
Finest Champions League efficiency: Spherical of 16 (1991, 2012, 2017, 2020)
Main participant: Victor Osimhen
Report of confrontations (the final in 2018): 1 win, 3 attracts, 0 defeat (4 matches)

Chelsea: an excellent basic (13.9%)

Chelsea is the English membership that PSG has confronted probably the most in its historical past. With good and dangerous recollections… We keep in mind this Parisian qualification torn off in further time, 10 towards 11, and this objective by Thiago Silva within the 114th minute (2-2) in 2015. Which Thiago Silva at this time wears the Blues colours. In 2014, it was much less wonderful, with this objective from Demba Ba on the very finish of the sport to crucify Paris (2-0)… In different occasions (2004), Didier Drogba loved himself with a double on the Parc des Princes (0-3). One factor is definite: regardless of a bumpy begin to the season which price a sure Thomas Tuchel, the previous Paris-SG coach, his place, the Blues look (very) good on paper. The bottom of the 2021 European champions remains to be there, with Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well as, Wesley Fofana too. Very heavy. The type of the second is just not sensible however between now and February and March, every part can clearly change and it might be good to not assume that Chelsea are an opponent that PSG would make brief work of…

League rating: seventh
Finest Champions League efficiency: winner (2012, 2021)
Main Participant: Raheem Sterling
Report of confrontations (the final in 2016): 3 wins, 3 attracts, 2 losses (8 matches)

Manchester Metropolis: the shock of the ultra-rich (13.88%)

This might in all probability be the least favorable draw for Paris Saint-Germain. A conflict of the ultra-rich between the type of a derby between the Emirati Manchester Metropolis and the Qatari PSG, a duel between the 2 superstars of tomorrow Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé. Two golf equipment which, regardless of colossal investments for greater than 10 years and a powerful domination on the nationwide stage, haven’t but had the happiness of lifting the Cup with large ears. Up to now, these confrontations have probably not smiled on the Parisians, with eliminations in 2016 (quarters) and 2021 (halves). Firstly of final season, Metropolis additionally completed forward of PSG within the group stage, sending Mauricio Pochettino’s gamers into the clutches of Actual Madrid within the spherical of 16. We all know the remainder…

League rating: 2nd
Finest Champions League efficiency: runner-up (2022)
Main participant: Erling Haaland
Report of confrontations (the final in 2021): 1 win, 2 attracts and 4 losses (7 matches)

Tottenham: for a primary (13.88%)

PSG have by no means met Tottenham within the European Cup. It will be an excellent first, and the chance to see Lucas Moura once more on the Parc des Princes. Former membership of Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham crucified OM on the final second on the Vélodrome (1-2)… with out impressing. He isn’t the flashiest opponent, however with the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son up entrance, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as temple keeper and fiery Antonio Conte on the bench, he count on every part…

League rating: seventh
Finest Champions League efficiency: runner-up (2019)
Main participant: Harry Kane
Outcomes of confrontations: none

Actual Madrid: to expiate the ghosts of the previous (10.98%)

PSG-Actual Madrid, fairly a narrative… We might speak in regards to the bickering between Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and Florentino Perez, the real-false begin of Kylian Mbappé in Spain and even Madrid’s unimaginable comeback within the spherical of 16 final season, with a hat-trick from Karim Benzema within the second half (PSG’s notes throughout this cataclysm right here). Triple which had knocked out Paris in each sense of the phrase, an earthquake which noticed Leonardo and Pochettino landed. Since then, Actual has not modified a lot, besides Aurélien Tchouaméni who took the place of Casemiro (Manchester United). After their formidable marketing campaign in 2021-22, Madrid are aiming for a fifteenth crown as King of Europe this season. Which Madrid residents had additionally launched Paris within the eighth in 2018, when Cristiano Ronaldo was nonetheless in enterprise. The final time that PSG dismissed Actual in a round-trip match was in 1993, within the UEFA Cup, with the legendary helmet shot of Antoine Kombouaré.

League rating: 2nd (one match much less)
Finest Champions League efficiency: winner (1956 to 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016 to 2018, 2022)
Main participant: Karim Benzema
Report of confrontations (the final in 2022): 4 wins, 3 attracts, 5 losses (12 matches)

Porto: the proper decide? (11.197%)

Champions of Europe 87 beneath the orders of Arthur Jorge and 2004, with José Mourinho, the Dragons had been nonetheless within the quarter-finals in 2021. A membership that it’s all the time good to not underestimate even when the workforce blows cold and hot this season, like his profession in C1, with particularly a humiliation at residence towards Bruges (0-4), or within the league, with a modest third place. The absence of the skilled Pepe has weighed closely in current weeks. Nonetheless, Porto depends on a couple of secure bets, together with Portuguese worldwide midfielder Otavio, the brand new no 1 goalkeeper for the Portuguese workforce Diogo Costa and Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi. A superb draw? Perhaps. Not a little bit Thumb.

League rating: 2nd
Finest Champions League efficiency: winner (1987, 2004)
Main participant: Diogo Costa
Report of confrontations (the final in 2018): 2 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat (4 matches)

First hat groups: Napoli, Bayern, Chelsea, Manchester Metropolis, Porto, Tottenham, Actual Madrid, Benfica

The second hat groups: Liverpool, Inter, AC Milan, Dortmund, Bruges, Frankfurt, Leipzig, PSG

Knockout Stage Schedule:
Eighth: February 14-15, 21-22 and March 7-8, 14-15, 2023
Quarter-finals: April 11-12 and 18-19, 2023
Semi-finals: 9-10 and 16-17 however 2023
Remaining: June 10, 2023, in Istanbul


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