PSG determined to show they have credentials to lift Champions League

Paris St Germain will set out to show off their Champions League title credentials tonight when they square off against Real Madrid with top spot in Group A up for grabs.
PSG determined to show they have credentials to lift Champions League

Both teams meet at Parc des Princes unbeaten in all competitions and each has wins in the pool over Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo. Neither team has conceded a goal in the opening two games.

Still looking to capture the European title for the first time, PSG were knocked out in the quarter-finals for the third straight time last season.

“We are an ambitious club,” captain Thiago Silva said. “We have a very interesting project that includes lifting the Champions League.”

Silva believes PSG are a stronger side following the addition of Argentinian midfielder Angel Di Maria this summer from Manchester United, describing him as “very important to the team”.

Di Maria, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid in the 2013-14 campaign, has three goals and set up three more in eight games for PSG.

PSG’s Brazilian defender David Luiz is sidelined with a knee injury and will be replaced by Marquinhos, who will partner Silva at the heart of defence.

Real have won their last three meetings with French sides, scoring nine times and conceding no goals, but face a stern test tonight. “I’m not sure PSG have a weak point,” Real Madrid midfielder Isco said. “They are a very good side, very strong and complete, but they’re going to be up against a Real Madrid team with plenty of strengths and a forward line that is very hard to deal with. We’re confident about getting a good result.

The Spanish giants, welcome back defender Sergio Ramos and midfielder Luka Modric from injury.

However, Wales forward Gareth Bale sustained an aggravated calf problem in Real’s 3-0 win over Levante at the weekend and has joined injured players Pepe, Dani Carvajal, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Borussia Monchengladbach will be hoping it will be a case of third time lucky when they travel to Juventus, still seeking their first Champions League success since 1978.

The Foals have lost their first two games back in Europe’s elite club competition, but they head to Turin to face last season’s beaten finalists in a different shape and much improved frame of mind to their last two group encounters. Under the caretaker stewardship of Andre Schubert, the Bundesliga side are on a run of four straight wins and they now hope to carry this resurgent form on to the European stage.

“Our recent successes have cleared our minds a lot compared to the trip to Seville,” said defender Tony Jantschke.

There was relief for the Serie A side yesterday when goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who picked up a knock at the weekend, was able to train.

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