In today's champions league match PSG will host will host Manchester city at the Parc des Princes. The sides will renew their rivalry just over five months after their last game , when Pep Guardiola's team beat Les Parisiens over in a 4-1 aggregate victory in the semis.
A lot has changed since that game, though, especially in Paris. The Ligue 1 giants have reinforced their squad with a bunch of high-profile signings. Yet that doesn't guarantee anything, and all's not well in the PSG camp. One of their star players is facing a race against time to be fit to face City on Tuesday. On that note, here are five reasons why PSG could struggle to beat City on Tuesday.
1. PSG aren't in the best of form right now.
In the last few games, PSG have only scraped through a bunch of unconvincing victories. They have largely relied on moments of individual brilliance to get themselves out of tight corners.
2. Lionel Messi may not start for PSG.
As important as it is for him to start the match, Lionel Messi may only be named on the PSG bench against City. According to reports, the Argentine ace has returned to training from a bone bruise that kept him out of PSG's win over Montpellier last weekend. PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino sounded hopeful in his pre match press conference when asked about Messi's situation.
Nevertheless, he may not want to risk the ex-Barcelona great, considering a congested list of upcoming fixtures as well as the international break is coming up.
3. Manchester city's solid defense.
PSG's lack of attacking firepower is just one part of the problem. The other is Manchester City's solid defence. Barring that crazy game, the Sky Blues have only conceded twice in six games since their opening day loss to Tottenham Hotspur. Even the mighty Chelsea were blanked out on Saturday.
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