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Stadium: Parc des Princes
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
2020/21 Ligue 1 position: 2nd (82 points)
2020/21 top scorer: Kylian Mbappe – 35 goals (in all competitions)
UCL: Finalist 2019/20
UEFA Cup: Winners: 1995/96
UEFA CUP: Manchester City 0-0 PSG (03/12/2008)
UCL: PSG 2-2 Manchester City (06/04/2016)
UCL: Manchester City 1-0 PSG (12/04/2016)
UCL: PSG 1-2 Manchester City (28/04/2021)
UCL: Manchester City 2-0 PSG (04/05/2021)
Notable players: Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Sergio Ramos
About: City and PSG know each other well having met four times in the past five years. City saw PSG off at the semi-final stage of last season’s competition, winning both legs to progress to a first ever final. Both sides have been beaten finalists on one occasion and the Champions League remains absent on both club’s list of honours.
It will be another fascinating match-up between two of European football’s newest powerhouses, with the Parisians now counting Lionel Messi among their stellar squad. In a very difficult group, the results in these two clashes could determine the winner, though both sides will hope to make it through to the knock-out stages.
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Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Manager: Jesse Marsch
2020/21 Bundesliga position: 2nd (65 points)
2020/21 top scorer: Yussuf Poulsen – 11 goals (in all competitions)
UCL semi-finalists 2019/20
Previous meetings: None
Notable players: Emil Forsberg, Marcel Sabitzer, Angelino, Dani Olmo
About: A club just 12 years old, Red Bull Leipzig’s ascent to becoming one of German football’s strongest sides has been astonishing. Though they finished 13 points behind Bayern Munich, it was the fourth time in five years they have made the top three and they are recognised in Europe as an emerging force.
RB Leipzig have made the Round of 16 twice in five attempts, reaching the semi-finals in 2019/20, where they were eliminated by PSG in a one-off game. They will look to be the group disruptor and none of the three other Group A sides will relish travelling to the Red Bull Arena – or the excellent delivery of former City left-back Angelino!
Stadium: Jan Breydel Stadium
Manager: Philippe Clement
2020/21 Belgian First Division A position: 1st (76 points)
2020/21 top scorer: Noa Lang – 17 goals (in all competitions)
European Cup runners up 1977/78
Previous meetings: None
Notable players: Noa Lang, Bas Dost
About: Club Brugge are regular competitors in the Champions League, though it is 43 years since their one and only final appearance. They have won the Belgian league four times out of the last seven years, finishing runners-up on the other three occasions.
Brugge finished third in their UCL group stage phase last season behind Lazio and Borussia Dortmund with a respectable eight points – enough to ensure their European adventure continued in the Europa League before being eliminated at the Round of 32 stage by Dynamo Kyiv.