Paris Saint-Germain will finish second in their group after their loss to Manchester City. Direct consequence: he will meet another heavyweight in the round of 16.
Lionel Messi is one of those players who does not show much. So what was the feeling of the Pulga at the final whistle, eyes sky and mouth pursed, after this setback conceded against Man City? The relief of a qualification or the apprehension for the future? A bit of both, certainly. Because these are the two major lessons of this penultimate evening of the year in C1 for Parisians. Their defeat at the Etihad Stadium (1-2), combined with Leipzig’s large victory against Bruges (5-0), freeze the hierarchy of this group A for the first two places. Qualified but second, Paris should come up against a big fish.
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The last ticket still remains to be distributed in some pools, the most homogeneous, like that of Lille, that PSG will not be able to meet. But on closer inspection, it is in this group that we will have to look for the most affordable potential opponent for Kylian Mbappé’s teammates. For the rest, there is only heavy. Or almost. Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are other war machines. Inter or Juve are a notch below, like Man United, but the British club awakens bad memories for players in the capital. Mistrust will be in order, too, if Ajax, flamboyant in his game, were to cross paths with the Parisians.
Possible opponents in the round of 16 of the Champions League
Real Madrid or Inter Milan
Chelsea or Juventus
Salzburg, Seville or Wolfsburg