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Champions League | Round of 16 | 1st Leg
Feb 14, 2024 at 8pm UK
Parc des Princes
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PSG
2 - 0
Real Sociedad
Mbappe (58'), Barcola (70')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Le Normand (36'), Traore (90+2')

Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Sociedad - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Champions League clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Sociedad, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Paris Saint-Germain resume their bid to win an elusive Champions League crown when they welcome Real Sociedad to the Parc de Princes for the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday night.

Les Parisiens came from behind to beat Lille 3-1 on home soil in Ligue 1 last weekend, while the Txuri-Urdin suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Osasuna in La Liga.


Match preview

PSG's 15-game unbeaten run across all competitions was under threat when Lille took a surprise sixth-minute lead thanks to a strike from Yusuf Yazici in Saturday's Ligue 1 encounter at the Parc des Princes.

However, Lille's lead was short-lived as PSG equalised just four minutes later through Goncalo Ramos, before an own goal from Alexsandro turned the game on its head for the reigning champions inside the first 17 minutes. Randal Kolo Muani then sealed victory 10 minutes from time to help Les Parisiens notch up 50 points from 21 league games and move 11 points clear at the Ligue 1 summit.

Luis Enrique's men turn their attention back to the Champions League for the first time in two months since scraping through to the last 16 after finishing second in Group F. Despite failing to win any of their last three group-stage games, a 1-1 draw with group winners Borussia Dortmund on matchday six was enough to finish above AC Milan in third on goal difference.

PSG, who last won a European trophy back in 2001 (UEFA Intertoto Cup), enter the last 16 of the Champions League for the 12th season in a row, but they will be seeking to avoid a third successive elimination at this stage after losing to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively in the previous two campaigns.

Les Parisiens have struggled to come out on top against Spanish opposition in the Champions League knockout rounds as they have been eliminated on five of the last six occasions. However, Enrique's side will fancy their chances of first-leg success on Wednesday as they have only lost seven of their last 72 European home matches, winning 46 and drawing the remaining 19 in the process.

Real Sociedad are facing an uphill battle to secure Champions League football for next season as they have slipped down to seventh place in the La Liga table, 11 points behind the top four, following a run of just one win in their last eight matches.

After playing out back-to-back goalless stalemates against Real Vallecano and Girona, the San Sebastian-based outfit were condemned to their fifth league defeat of the season by Osasuna last weekend, courtesy of a second-half strike from Ante Budimir.

The Champions League knockout rounds could prove to be a welcome distraction for Imanol Alguacil's side, who have successfully advanced to the last 16 for just the second time in their history and for the first time since 2003-04 after topping Group D ahead of last season's finalists Inter Milan – winning three and drawing three of their six fixtures to finish at the summit on goal difference.

Real Sociedad, who are gearing up for their first-ever meeting with PSG, will hope to better their last performance in the round of 16 when they also faced French opposition in the form of Lyon, losing both legs by a 1-0 scoreline.

Having failed to score in any of their last four matches, the Txuri-Urdin must lace their shooting boots on Wednesday if they wish to claim a positive result against a PSG side who have not lost on home soil since September last year.

Paris Saint-Germain Champions League form:


Paris Saint-Germain form (all competitions):


Real Sociedad Champions League form:


Real Sociedad form (all competitions):



Team News

PSG are still having to cope without Presnel Kimpembe (Achilles), Milan Skriniar (ankle), Sergio Rico (head), Nuno Mendes (hamstring) and Layvin Kurzawa (back) due to injury, although the latter two are closing in on a return.

Kylian Mbappe was rested for the win against Lille and watched on as an unused substitute despite recovering from a heel problem, but the club's all-time record goalscorer – who netted in all three group-stage home games earlier this season – is set to return up front on Wednesday.

Enrique could also be tempted to recall a number of other players including Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos and Warren Zaire-Emery, who all began as substitutes last time out; Keylor Navas, Nordi Mukiele, Lucas Beraldo and Fabian Ruiz could be the unfortunate ones to make way.

As for Real Sociedad, Sheraldo Becker (muscle), Kieran Tierney (hamstring), Alvaro Odriozola, Carlos Fernandez and Aihen Munoz (all knee) all remain sidelined with injuries, while top scorer Mikel Oyarzabal has missed the last two games with a muscle problem and is a major doubt for Wednesday's match.

Alguacil is expected to strengthen his defence by recalling right-back Hamari Traore and centre-back Robin Le Normand, with Jon Aramburu and Jon Pacheco the most likely duo to make way.

Brais Mendez, who scored three goals during the group stage, will hope to replace Benat Turrientes and join Martin Zubimendi and Mikel Merino in midfield, while Ander Barrenetxea and Umar Sadiq could return to join Japanese star Takefusa Kubo in a three-man attack.


Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Hakimi, Danilo, Marquinhos, Hernandez; Urgate, Zaire-Emery; Dembele, Asensio, Kolo Muani; Mbappe

Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Remiro; Traore, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Galan; Merino, Zubimendi, Mendez; Kubo, Sadiq, Barrenetxea



We say: Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Real Sociedad

Closely-fought contests are typically played out in fixtures involving Real Sociedad, who will fancy their chances of ending their four-game goal drought against a PSG side who have conceded in each of their last five matches.

However, taking into account the return to fitness of star man Mbappe, PSG will be regarded as favourites to come out on top and have the firepower to give themselves a crucial first-leg advantage.



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5Nice2311752215740
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