Paris Saint Germain was tipped to conquer Europe, at least on paper, due to the array of star power they had at their disposal. A front three of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Lionel Messi promised great things, yet they have not hit the ground running as many expected.
In the UCL group stage, the French team won 3, drew 2, and lost 1 of their 6 games, scoring 13 goals and conceding 8. Their points haul of 11 was only good enough to finish in second place, 1 point behind group winners Manchester City. With 5 goals, Lionel Messi is their top goalscorer, while Mbappe has contributed 4 goals and 4 assists.
For PSG’s team news, Gini Wijnaldum, Mauro Icardi, Ander Herera, and Neymar may be unavailable due to injury.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men are the creme de la creme of the Champions League, with more trophies than any other team, and they’re in blistering form this season.
They dominated their group in the group stages, winning 5 games and losing 1 out of 6, and scoring 14 times with only 3 goals conceded. They finished as group winners with 15 points, 5 more than Inter in 2nd place. Karim Benzema is their leading goalscorer with 5 goals and 1 assist.
For their team news, Real Madrid will be without Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Casemiro, Mariano Diaz, and Lucas Vasquez who are out with injury, while Vinicius Junior is suspended.