Lionel Messi has arrived at Paris Saint-Germain. Now, quite simply, the Champions League must follow.
The Argentine superstar is seen as the missing piece of the Qatari Sports billions jigsaw, the legend that can take them all the way in Europe’s stellar competition following the past two campaigns that has seen them fall at the final – and semi-final – hurdle.
Messi and PSG’s pursuit of the Champions League begins in Belgium this evening, and you can follow our live coverage of their Group A match with Club Bruges right here.
The Parisians have made a perfect start to the new Ligue 1 season, winning all five of their opening games, but must now take that form on to the continent.
The group stage of the Champions League would not have been viewed as much of an obstacle for the oil-rich Parisians seeing as they had qualified for the knockout stages in each of the past nine seasons.
However, the French club have not only been drawn alongside the Belgian champions that they face tonight, but also last season’s beaten finalists, Manchester City, and Bundesliga runners-up, RB Leipzig.
It’s a tough test that almost makes an opening win against the Belgian makeweights imperative considering the fixtures that await; Mauricio Pochettino would happily settle for the 5-0 thumping that PSG dished out here two yeas ago.
Philippe Clement’s Bruges have made a solid start in defence of their Jupiler Pro League title and find themselves back at the summit after seven games, but a 6-1 defeat at Gent two weeks ago highlighted the defensive deficiencies that should have Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe licking their lips.
Kick-off at the Jan Breydel Stadium is at 8pm, and we’ll soon have confirmation of tonight’s two starting line-ups.
Source: The Sun