Psg vs Man United:Live Stream Man Utd vs PSG, Roma vs Porto and Tottenham vs Dortmund latest Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain face off at Old Trafford in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash tonight.
Many United fans feared the draw when the Red Devils were pitted against the French giants in December, but since then Jose Mourinho has been sacked and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is riding a wave of positivity with an unbeaten start.
PSG have never won the trophy that their owners crave more than any other, and the loss of Neymar could be crucial to their chances this year as two of Europe’s most feared attacks go head to head.
We’ll bring you build up to that clash and the latest from north London as Mauricio Pochettino and Lucien Favre face the press ahead of Tottenham’s meeting with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has told Borussia Dortmund they must take advantage of Tottenham’s fatigue following an intense December and January. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has constantly made the point that Dortmund, given their winter break, will be the fresher side given his squad’s taxing schedule.
The north Londoners, who beat Dortmund home and away in the Champions League group stage last season, are without Harry Kane and Dele Alli, as well as a number of other players, on Wednesday night and have struggled with injuries all season.
And Mertesacker, now head of academy at rivals Arsenal, says the lack of a break has long hampered English teams in Europe. “I’ve personally experienced what it’s like when the most intense month is December, when your body actually has to shut down to be fit for the crucial games in April, May,” the German told Kicker.
“That’s why the English record in the last sixteen is so weak, the German clubs have to exploit that factor and keep up the pace, and they should not be intimidated.” Premier League clubs last year voted to introduce a short winter break which will come into effect next season, opening up a week break in February.
Dortmund are also expected to miss a number of key players with Marco Reus (thigh), Julian Weigl (illness), Paco Alcacer (shoulder) and Lukasz Piszczek (foot) all missing the trip to London. Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici says new signing Aaron Ramsey was never used in his best position by Arsenal.
The Italian giants confirmed football’s worst-kept secret on Thursday, when they announced that the Welshman will join when his Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season. During Ramsey’s 11-year spell with Arsenal he has played in a range of positions, from deep central midfield player, to number ten and even as a wide player in a 4-2-3-1.
However, Paratici believes the 28-year-old would be best used as a ‘mezzala’, the Italian word for the two midfielders playing either side and in advance of a central pivot in a 4-3-3, not dissimilar to the role Maurizio Sarri has tried to cast N’Golo Kante into at Chelsea. “He is a different player from what we have got,” said Paratici. “We don’t have someone like him in our squad.
“He is more technical, he’s a final ball man, he has a nose for the goal. “Ramsey is a player who, I reckon, has never found his position, because he has never played as a ‘mezzala’ in a three, which is his role. “He can also play a bit further up the pitch, like [Simone] Perrotta did at Roma, for example.”
No Neymar, no Edinson Cavani. Suddenly, a tie that looked very difficult for Manchester United appears winnable. But the French league leaders still have Kylian Mbappe to cover for the absence of the injured pair, while Angel Di Maria leads an impressive supporting cast of internationals. Coach Thomas Tuchel has much to prove in top-level European competition, though.
ONE TO WATCH: Angel Di Maria. Forget the awful season at Old Trafford. The Argentine forward is a key man for PSG and can shine tonight.
Juventus’s eighth straight title will surely arrive this season, and Cristiano Ronaldo is flying. But not everything is rosy: Brilliant attacker Paulo Dybala has not always seen eye to eye with coach Max Allegri this season, while centre-backs Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are injury doubts for the first leg against Atletico Madrid.
ONE TO WATCH: Rodrigo Bentancur. The Uruguay midfielder cost only £8.3m from Boca Juniors in 2017 — another fine piece of business.
Coach Lucien Favre has Dortmund purring, with Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer sharing 32 league goals. But Reus will be missing for at least the first leg against Spurs due to a thigh injury. They wobbled at the weekend, too, throwing away a 3-0 lead with 15 minutes to go to draw 3-3 at home to Hoffenheim.
ONE TO WATCH: Paco Alcacer. Averaging a goal every 53 minutes in the Bundesliga, the Spaniard is one of Europe’s most efficient strikers.
Pochettino admits Spurs’ injured players, like Kane and Alli, could return for the second leg away to Dortmund. “I hope, yes, everyone can be fit for the second leg.”
Pochettino admits he knew Sancho was a massive prospect years ago, and refuses to answer whether Spurs tried to sign him from Manchester City. Can Spurs win the Champions League? Pochettino says: “I really believe we can win every single game. I am a person who believes we can beat every team.”
A: It’s one of the strengths of the club. It’s very important for teams in general to have players from the academy and for the supporters, also. If you have the likes of Alli, Kane, they bring the philosophy with the club with them. On Kane and Alli, Vertonghen urges Spurs to kill off games earlier than they have done in recent matches.
On the atmosphere at Wembley, the defender hopes to have a rocking stadium on Wednesday night and thinks it could help the hosts get a result over Dortmund. Vertonghen is up first, and our very own Dan Kilpatrick asks him about the difference between playing at full-back and centre-back.
Good afternoon! My name is Vaishali Bhardwaj and I’m LIVE from Tottenham’s training ground where Mauricio Pochettino will preview his side’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg clash against Borussia Dortmund. We expect the Argentine here at about 1pm so hold tight for updates….