Champions League | PSG vs Juventus: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

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Too Much Quality in PSG


Christophe Galtier has succeeded Mauricio Pochettino in the dugout this summer, and the former Lille boss looks to have made PSG a more balanced unit already having switched to a 3-5-2 formation during the early weeks of his tenure. Five wins and one draw – including a comfortable 3-0 win away to Nantes at the weekend – has seen them move top of Ligue 1, ahead of Marseille on goal difference.


As with any PSG manager in recent times, though, it will be results and progress in the Champions League where Galtier is most heavily scrutinised. With Maccabi Haifa, Benfica and forthcoming opponents Juventus drawn alongside them in Group H, progressing to the knockout stages for an 11th successive season should not be a major issue, but it is thereafter where the real challenge will begin.


Juventus, meanwhile, have won the European Cup on two occasions in their history, although they are considered the eternal bridesmaids having lost in seven other finals. Since losing in the final to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2015 and 2017 respectively, the Turin-based side have not progressed beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League, disappointingly losing to Lyon, Benfica and Villarreal at the last-16 stage in each of the last three seasons.


While expectations are lower at Juventus these days – they have not won Serie A since 2020, with the two Milan sides seemingly improving beyond them – Massimiliano Allegri will hope to at least go one step further than that this time around.


They remain unbeaten in Serie A after five matches so far, although three draws means they are a couple of points behind AC Milan and Napoli at the top of the table, but having only conceded two goals across those games, there is clearly a solid platform to build from. Their defence will certainly need to be at their best on Tuesday if they are to prevent PSG’s star-studded attacking players from running riot at Parc des Princes.

DPP Verdict

We expect PSG to have too much quality for Juventus, who are missing several key players with injuries. The Parisians look capable of going far in this season’s Champions League, whereas the visitors may struggle to go beyond the last-16 stage once again.