PSG vs Valencia CF Match Preview
Stadium: Parc des Princes
Date: 06.03.2013; 20:45 CET
Round 16, fixture 2, Champions League
Coaches: Carlo Ancelotti and Ernesto Valverde
Paris Saint German
PSG is coming to this match after a 1-0 loss to Remis in the French league, though with a 2-1 lead into this match from the first leg which was played in Valencia at the Mestalla and now they are playing at home with a big advantage. PSG are going to be coming confident into this match that they can go through to the next round of the competition and they would be right to think so, with Valencia CF failing to trouble them even at its own home grounds, while the past two matches in the Spanish league haven't been in their favor as well, dropping 4 points.
PSG coach Carlo Anceloti is a very experienced coach and has lead many clubs in the Champions league throughout his career, so he going to know how to set up the team, though he lost his key player Zlatan Ibrahimovich in the last match against Valencia CF due to him earning a red card, and so his team is weakened by this, so its likely Kevin Gameiro will start, who was a target for Valencia CF two summers ago, but decided to join PSG and since then hasn't featured much at all.
PSG squad: to be announced...
Line-up: Sirigu; Jallet, Alex, T.Silva, Maxwell; L.Moura, Matuidi, Chantome, Beckham; Lavezzi, Gameiro.
Tactics: Low defensive line, own half pressure, high frequency wing attacks, short passing.
Valencia CF are also coming to this match after a disappointing match on the weekend in which the team lost the three points in the last minutes of the match due to a slip by Jeremy Mathieu in defense. That and the previous draw means that Valencia CF has hit a weak period, but will be hoping to put the past two disappointing matches behind with a win over PSG.
Valencia Cf coach Ernesto Valverde knows its going to be a tough task to win against PSG, especially at their stadium, but will be hopeful because their main player Ibrahimovich is out for this match and they also have some other important players missing through injury or suspension. Their defense has also been a bit weaker recently and there is little cover for the first eleven.
Valencia CF is coming to this match with a weakened defense as well with Rami and R. Costa both out with injuries and Valverde will once again be forced to play Mathieu as central defender, partnering Ruiz.
Valencia CF squad:
Defenders: Joao, Barragán, Víctor Ruiz, Mathieu, Cissokho.
Midfielders: Albelda, Éver, Piatti, Dani Parejo, Tino Costa, Guardado, Feghouli.
Forwards: Jonas, Canales, Valdez, Soldado.
Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Line-up: Diego; Joao, Ruiz, Mathieu, Guardado; Albelda, Parejo, Feghouli; Banega, Jonas; Soldado.
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own half pressure, medium frequency wing attacks, mixed passing.