Ahead of the Champions League quarter-final between PSG and Man City we pick out 13 match facts The only previous encounter betwee...
Ahead of the Champions League quarter-final between PSG and Man City we pick out 13 match facts
- The only previous encounter between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain was in December 2008, in the Uefa Cup group stages. It ended 0-0 at the Etihad. It was Man City's only previous competitive game against a French club.
- Only once (in six games) has an English club beaten Paris SG at the Parc des Princes in European competition. It was José Mourinho's Chelsea in September 2004 (3-0).
- The last three Champions League knockout encounters between Ligue 1 and Premier League clubs have all seen the French team eliminate their English counterpart.
- Manchester City have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history. They have won only one of their six games in the Champions League knockout stages (D1 L4).
- Manchester City have kept fewer clean sheets than any other of the 2015/16 quarter-finalists in this season's Champions League (1 in 8 games).
- No team has scored more goals than Manchester City in the final 15 minutes of games in the Champions League this season (6).
- Manchester City have picked up six cards in eight games (all yellows), the lowest total of any team in the Champions League this season.
- Paris SG have been eliminated in the quarter finals in each of the last three campaigns. Their last (and only) Champions League semi-final appearance to date was in 1994/95.
- Paris SG have lost only one of their last 38 home games in European competition (W25 D12), that was against Barcelona in April 2015 (1-3).
- Paris SG have the joint-best defensive record in this season's Champions League (3 goals conceded in 8 games, level with Atlético & Real Madrid). PSG are also the only team yet to concede a goal in the second-half of a Champions League game in 2015/16.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored in each of his last four Champions League games. Only twice before has he gone five in a row in the competition.
- Kevin Trapp has made more saves in this season's Champions League than any other goalkeeper among the remaining quarter-finalists (30 saves out of 33 shots on target faced).
- Sergio Aguero has scored 16 goals in his last 18 Champions League starts.
It’s A Big Game For…
Eliaquim Mangala: Man City’s problems in central defence have been well publicised and are perhaps the primary reason the English team will enter this tie as underdogs.
Vincent Kompany’s has been ruled out as his injury woes continue and Man City will need Mangala to begin to justify a transfer fee which makes him the second most expensive defender in history. Only PSG’s David Luiz cost more.
Weird /Best Stat…
1: Only once in six attempts has an English side beaten Paris Saint Germain in European competition at the Parc Des Princes.
The last time PSG faced English opposition at this stage in the Champions League they defeated Chelsea 3-1 in the first leg at the Parc des Princes. Unfortunately for the French side, Chelsea would go on to overturn that result with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Player To Watch…
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The Swedish hit man is in scintillating form, scoring eight goals in his last four and netting home and away against Chelsea in the round of 16. Given Man City’s defensive issues, Zlatan will fancy his chances of adding to his European tally in Wednesday’s first-leg.
Manchester City 0 Paris Saint Germain 0, Europa League, December 2008.
Paris Saint Germain: WDWWLW
Manchester City: LWDDLW
PSG: Trapp; Marquinhos, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Matuidi, Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Di María, Ibrahimovic, Cavani.
Out: Pastore (calf), Verratti (groin)
Misses next match if booked: Aurier, Ibrahimovic, Matuidi, David Luiz, Verratti
City: Hart (Caballero); Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Touré, Fernando; De Bruyne, Silva; Aguero.
Out: Sterling (groin), Kompany (calf)
Doubtful: Delph (ankle), Hart (calf), Touré (calf/shin)
Misses next match if booked: Otamendi
KICK-OFF TIME: 7.45pm
TV: Live coverage on Supersport from 7pm