UCL Group A Clash : The EL Cashico

StarStudded Parisians Taking on the Wounded Citizens from Manchester

Champions leagues nights are always special. The league where some of the biggest, most successful, underdogs and even rising clubs fight it out for European glory. This Wednesday a similar clash between two giants in the footballing world will be going face to face with each other. The English champions and last year’s champions league finalist, Manchester City will take on the French giants PSG on their visit to Paris.


Why does this match-up stand out from the rest?

This match is really special for many reasons though the freshly shuffled and star-studded Paris side is looking promising to win their maiden champions leagues. With the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Neymar Jr., Kylian Mbappe, Di Maria, the Parisians have given themselves a completely new look by the end of last summer transfer window. On the other hand, the Citizens who have like ever look sharp and under Pep Guardiola the club is yet to get their hands of European silverware. Their latest 100 million signings Jack Grealish can prove to be fatal. However, their main man will no doubt be Kevin De Bruyne who has improved significantly to become one of the best midfielders this generation. The clash between two money-backed powerhouses would be indeed a great footballing pleasure to watch.

Is PSG a better-looking side than last year?

Looking by their signing in the last transfer window the PSG might have taken the winning of the Champions League too seriously. With the Neymar-Messi duo back in action, it would be fun to watch how this duo gets along with each other. Yes, the Parisian side has clearly got better; with the likes of Sergio Ramos and Marquineus, the two powerful Centre Backs and ready to take on the world. Last year being knocked out of the champions league by Manchester city, the side will be looking to revenge for their last year’s campaign.

Will Pep and City bring the magic in Paris?

The blue side of Manchester is a joy to watch ever since Pep took over the club as head coach. The side has been winning trophies and setting and breaking records every season. The magic of a magical man from a magical team is what will be expected from the Citizens. The side has a tough team which can prove to be fatal if taken lightly. The magic is expected to return to Paris like last year. Some might even consider that Pep’s City is favorable to win the Champions League this season. Though with the fans back in the stands there will some advantage to the home and the long season left to play there are many speculations that will favor both the teams.

Team News


When it comes to the PSG squad there are some injury concerns and Suspension. For Parisians, their left-backs Kurzawa and Bernat and their new signing former Madrid captain Ramos is still out injured. While their Argentinan superstar is in doubt for this clash after he subbed off injured 2 weeks back. PSG another Argentinan winger Di Maria is suspended.

Predicted Lineup

Formation :  4-3-3

GK – Navas

Defence – Hakimi Marquinhos Kimpembe Mendes

Midfield – Parades Wijanaldum Verrati

Attack – Messi Mbappe Neymar

 Pochettino (PSG ) and Pep (Manchester City)
Pochettino (PSG ) and Pep (Manchester City)

Manchester City

When it comes Pep Man City they too have some injury concerns. Gundgoan and Zinchenko are ruled out of this clash. B.Mendy is suspended from City squad for some off-the-field matter. KDB the most reliable City player is back from injury and ready to go.

Predicted Lineup

Formation : 4-3-3

GK- Ederson

Defense – Walker Dias Stones Cancelo

Midfield – Rodri Silva KDB

Attack – Mahrez Jesus Grealish

Players to watch

Both sides have stars and players that can change the game at any given moment. May that be the magical Leo Messi or the artist Kevin De Bruyne. However, there is a player that will stand apart from the crowd and can leave their mark despite the result of the game will be in their favor or not.

Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne

The creative midfielder is the heart of Manchester City’s team. The team where the ball runs faster than the player but this man controls the complete pace of the game despite the control of the game lies in the opponents’ hands. A fantastic player with fantastic vision is capable of powerful shots and incredible assists.

KDB Grealish Manchester City
KDB and Grealish (Manchester City)

Jack Grealish

The 100 million signings from Aston Villa are something that the whole world is looking upon. The player has proved his worth over the last few seasons with amazing control over the ball and an amazing first touch that can change the game’s pace and face if given a break.


Lionel Messi

The arguably the greatest player of all time is yet to make a mark with his new side. Though with reliable players and bringing the old connections back onto the pitch with Neymar it would be really amazing to watch the master at his best form again. His name is enough to steal the show and the game.

Messi Neymar - PSG players to watch out for
Messi Neymar – PSG players to watch out for

Neymar Jr

The player who gets trolled no matter what he does is one of the best players in the world, Neymar Jr. Reunited with a fellow friend who arrived from Barcelona, it would be a treat to watch these play at their best level. The earlier records show a promising start. This man is a game-changer and he has proved it several times over the years.


In all respects, this match is going to be an enticing and enthralling one for the football fans. Two of the best teams in Europe will contest in this all-important clash in a bid to prove their supremacy. PSG drew the last matchweek 1-1 against Club Brugge and so will be going all out to bag all the three points from the game. City has won their first match against Leipzig 6-3 and they will be looking to maintain their unbeaten run. Expect a fierce encounter to occur at the Parc Des Princes in what would be an eventful and mesmerizing night there.

So, what to wait for, tighten your seatbelts, and Don’t miss even a minute of action!! Can Pep Guardiola once again take home all the three points with his willy tactics or will Pochetinno’s team win at home with their lethal front trio of Messi-Mbappe-Neymar? Much will be at stake when this match gets kicked off tonight.

For more such articles do click here

Ashlesh Khadse

Leave a Comment

Pin It on Pinterest