There might be a lot of doubt about what the Champions League group stage means in the grand scheme of a season, but there can be no doubting what it means to Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain – and it makes this a hugely appealing and appropriate curtain-raiser for the new campaign.
France's superstar striker Kylian Mbappe is a target for defenders and will need to learn self-control, national team coach Didier Deschamps said after the teenage sensation was sent off for retaliation on Saturday.
Paris St. Germain is hoping its Parc des Princes crowd will help the French giant overturn a 3-1 deficit in its Champions League last-16 return leg against Real Madrid as Unai Emery’s side tries to cope without the injured Neymar.
Paris Saint-Germain is preparing for a race against the clock to get Neymar ready for its Champions League crunch against Real Madrid next week after he suffered an ankle injury against Marseille on Sunday.
The most eye-catching of the eight ties at the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League sees Europe's most successful team Real Madrid against another looking to create a legacy of its own in Paris Saint-Germain tonight.
Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and FIFA's former secretary general Jerome Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights.