PSG needs only one point against Istanbul Basaksehir to qualify for the knockout stages. But Thomas Tuchel’s side are still aiming for a bold win to win Group H, facilitating the draw in the round of 8.
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All PSG need to do is not lose to Istanbul Basaksehir tomorrow morning at the Parc des Princes! Even if they fail, leipzig-M.U will still make it through to the Champions League group stage this season. Meanwhile, the Turkish representative was officially eliminated and also had no chance of winning relegation to the Europa League this season as there were only three points (from the win over M.U in the second leg).
With no goals to strive for, his form was poor with a six-match winless streak including four defeats, Istanbul Basaksehir also marched to France with a shortage of pillars such as Boli Bolingoli, Alexandru Epureanu, Irfan Kahveci, Mehmet Topal or Junior Caicara due to injury. Besides, the poor experience of the match with the team was not good so that Istanbul Basaksehir could not impress in the first appearance on the most prestigious playground on the continent (they are also the sixth Turkish team to appear in the Champions League group stage).
Notably, Istanbul Basaksehir has conceded 12 goals in the last four away trips in European competitions, losing 11, drawing three and winning only three of their 17 away trips in european history. As a result, a visit to PSG’s Princes Park ground healed more or less with okan Buruk’s army.
PSG has plenty of advantages to win a strong win over Istanbul Basaksehir in this rematch. Firstly, Coach Tuchel will field the strongest squad possible to ensure the home team does not make any unfortunate mistakes. Many of the pillars rested (Florenzi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe or Neymar) or just coming on as substitutes (Kylian Mbappe and Danilo Pereira) will return to the starting line-up.
Secondly, PSG have a very good record against Turkish teams in European playgrounds. Specifically, after 11 clashes, the French capital team has 7 wins, 1 draw and only 3 losses. In particular, PSG have won five and drew one of their last six matches against Turkish representatives and kept five of their six clean sheets. At the Princes’ Park, PSG have won four of their last five games against Turkish teams (keeping four clean sheets, scoring 13 goals and losing only one). The last time PSG won 5–0 against Galatasaray was at the Parc des Princes (the last leg of last season’s group stage).
Third, the Ligue 1 champions are on a 34-game scoring streak in the Champions League. This is the record that Real set between 2011 and 2014. They also maintained their streak of 16 consecutive games in all competitions scoring at least one goal in a single game.
It seems that, with the spirit of extremely comfortable play, plus quite high performance and a squad of outstanding quality with a series of bright attacking stars such as Mbappe, Neymar or Di Maria, PSG will complete the goal to win boldly to be able to rise to the top of Group H.
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