Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Santiago Bernabeu when Real Madrid and PSG face each other in the Group A derby on Tuesday evening. Los Blancos aim to build on a 6-0 win over Galatasaray, and a victory over PSG will see them book their place in the Champions League knockout stages. Zinedine Zidane’s troops were beaten by les Parisiens 3-0 in Paris, meaning that the Spanish giants are hungry for revenge.
Eden Hazard, who has been showing signs of improvement of late, will be the man to keep an eye on in the home side. The opposition defenders should have Gareth Bale, who helped Wales qualify for the 2020 European Championship finals, at bay as well. The Ligue 1 champions aim to keep their 100% record in the 2019/2020 Champions League season intact, but we believe that the hosts want this win more than the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Karim Benzema):
Striker Karim Benzema came through his youth club Bron Terraillon in Olympique Lyon were he went through all the youth teams.
On January 15, 2005 Benzema made his debut for the first team of Lyon that season but did not have much playing time. In the 2007-2008 season he was indeed a permanent fixture in the team and he got his break . He grew that season right into a crowd favorite and clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan showed interest in him.
Benzema in 2008 (like 2005, 2006, and 2007) was in the champions with Olympique Lyon and had no interest in leaving France. In 2008, Karim was named best French footballer.
Highlighted Team (PSG):
Formed by the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain in 1970, Paris Saint-Germain or as they call it PSG is the most successful club in French football with 31 domestic titles to their name. Having won six Ligue 1 title so far, a record ten Coupes de France, a record six Coupes de la Ligue, six Trophees des Champions and one Ligue 2 title, PSG are also one of only two French clubs to ever win a European title.
Les Parisiens were crowned UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup champions back in 1995-96, while their last European trophy was the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Beginning of the new millennium was particularly hard for the celebrated club who flirted with relegation in 2000s before they were bought by the Quatar Sports Investments group in 2011 when the rebirth of the Paris Saint-Germain as we know it today began.
Following heavy squad investments and team boosting, PSG won their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years with Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost singlehandedly leading his side towards the trophy with 30 goals. Having established domestic dominance, PSG now set their sights on winning the Champions League which remains an elusive dream for the club from Paris.