UEFA Champions League Match Preview: PSG vs Celtic
PSG vs Celtic UEFA Champions League Match Preview
The Scottish Champions are ready to take on the former Ligue1 champions.Celtic dominance over Scotland last season took them to a new level right but unfortunately their dominance doesn’t stretch as far as Europe just yet.
Celtic failed to win any of their games last season in UCL as they were in a very tough group including Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.Celtic are in a very good form winning four of their five league games so far. They have scored a total of 32 goals in their 12 competitive games this season. The Scottish champions eliminated Linfield, Rosenborg and Astana en route to the group stage.
Brendon Rogers in an interview said: “Their focus is on winning it,” said Rodgers. ”For us, 12-months ago we were just getting ready for our first game and I don’t believe we were anywhere near the level we are at now.We have developed a courage to play our game and have the courage to physically press and work teams. The attitude is everything in these games. If you stand off top-class players, they’ll punish you.
“We need to be educated in our pressure and how we press the game and how we play our natural game. I’m also looking to forward to seeing how we play in counterattack. At this level you have to stay calm, if you can’t press the ball and press the game then you have to be very organised and we have the players to do that.”
PSG are one of the favourites to lift the Champions League trophy this season as they brought some world best attackers.They broke the world record transfer fee when they bought Neymar for £200 million, and they’ve added Kyliann Mbappe to their arsenal since then on loan, with an obligation to buy for over £150 million. PSG are in a very good form as they won six out of their six competitive games this season.Neymar is on fire right now as he scored four goals and four assists in four appearances.
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 Group Stage-Group B
Venue: Celtic Park,Glasgow
Kick-Off: 19:45 ;2:45pm ET; 00:15 IST
Online Streams: FuboTv
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant referees: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA), Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Fourth official: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Additional assistant referees: Davide Massa (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)
Celtic: Dembele has returned to training following a hamstring injury but not in time to feature so Griffiths should start in attack.
Edryck Boyata is back in full training but will not be available for selection as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.
PSG: Angel dimaria ruled out because of injury, Marco Verrati and Thiago Silva still in doubt.
Head to Head:
Celtic and Paris Saint-Germain’s only previous meeting came in the second round of the 1995/96 Cup Winners Cup. PSG won both games, including a 3-0 victory at Celtic Park.
Key Facts: Celtic were European Cup winners in 1967, beating Inter Milan in the final (2-1). Since the introduction of the Champions League in 1992/93, they have never made it further than the last-16.
Celtic have won only one of their last 14 Champions League games (D3 L10).
Goalkeeper: Craig Gordon , Dorus de Vries, Conor Hazard,
DEFENDER: Jozo Šimunović, Cristian Gamboa Mikael Lustig Kristoffer AjerWallace DuffyJamie McCartKerr McInroy, Anthony RalstonStephen Welsh, Kieran Tierney
Midfielder :Nir Bitton,Patrick Roberts ,Scott Brown, Scott Sinclair,Stuart Armstrong,Tom Rogic,Kundai, Benyu,Callum McGregor,james Forrest,Liam Henderson, Ross McLaughlin ,Regan Hendry
Forward:Leigh Griffiths, Moussa Dembélé, Jonny Hayes, Odsonne Edouard,Calvin Miller, Broque Watson, Michael Johnston, Jack Aitchison
Goalkeeper: Kevin Trapp, Alphonse Areola, Rémy Descamps
Defender: Thiago Silva, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos,Thomas Meunier, Yuri Berchiche, Layvin Kurzawa, Dani Alves, Loïc Mbe Soh, Stanley Nsoki
Midfeilder: Marco Verratti, Lucas, Thiago Motta, Giovani Lo Celso, Julian Draxler, Christopher Nkunku, Adrien Rabiot, Alec Georgen, Lorenzo Callegari, Antoine Bernede, Moussa Diaby
Forward: Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé