Second in its Champions League group, behind Manchester City, PSG has its destiny in hand to qualify for the round of 16. And the club of the capital could validate its ticket, this Wednesday, on the lawn of the English club.
Since the arrival of the Qataris, Paris has always been able to avoid traps and outsmart its opponents to be at the rendezvous of the round of 16. This season, even if they are far from convincing, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are still well on their way to extricate themselves from their hen. As long as they don’t flinch in their last two meetings.
And the PSG, which occupies the 2e place in his group with 8 points, one length behind the leader Manchester City (9 points) and four points ahead of Brugge (3e with 4 points), will have a first opportunity to confirm his qualification at the Etihad Stadium. If successful in the north of England, Marquinhos’ teammates would regain the leadership position and will above all be guaranteed to be in the round of 16. A draw could even be enough if at the same time Bruges draw or lose at home against Leipzig, last of the group and already eliminated.
Paris could also qualify even in the event of a loss to the English champions if Brugge is beaten by Leipzig. If none of these scenarios occurs, everything will be decided on the last day when Bruges comes to the Parc des Princes, where the Parisians will only need one point to qualify. But beyond the qualification, the goal of PSG is to finish in the 1time place to avoid teams like Bayern Munich or Liverpool from the round of 16.
The qualified PSG if …
– Paris wins on Manchester City, regardless of the result of Bruges against RB Leipzig.
– Paris draws against Manchester City and Bruges does not win at the same time against Leipzig.
– Paris falls in the north of England and Bruges is also beaten by Leipzig.