Match - Tue 4 December, 21:45,
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Paris and Porto battle for first place
Parisian striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic against Porto defender Maicon
With both teams already having qualified for the round of sixteen of the competition, they are now aiming for the comfortable leader’s seat in the sixth and final week of the group phase.
Lying one point behind the Portuguese, Carlo Ancelotti’s men could reach their goal in the case of a victory, while a defeat or a draw would keep Porto in the lead in the group.
PSG were beaten 1-0 at the Estadio Do Dragao during the second week and they will definitely be set on revenge in front of their public.
“We suffered a heavy blow in Porto, we would have liked to have been more in control in the match. But it was a good match to measure ourselves in, against a team that is used to the Champions League. We missed our opportunity, but we have the return leg to catch up in,” stated Parisian defender Christophe Jallet on the UEFA website.
Above all, this European clash will be an opportunity for Paris to win back confidence, at a time when the club from the capital is experiencing a serious period of doubt on the national scene.
PSG were eliminated from the League Cup in the quarterfinals by Saint-Etienne and have only bagged one victory over their last five championship games, having just suffered a loss against Nice 2-1. The Parisian coach has little else on his mind.
“I have to quickly find a solution to my team’s problems. It will mean something specific in my management. It’s going to have to be something radical, because the whole team is irritating me, not just one player,” warned Carlo Ancelotti following their defeat at the hands of les Aiglons in the Ligue 1.
On the other hand, FC Porto are perfectly in control of their championship, where they remain unbeaten this season and have just enjoyed a great victory away against Sporting Braga, 2-0.
The other Group A clash will see Dinamo Zagreb and Dynamo Kiev come to blows in a match with nothing at stake.