Paris Saint-Germain, who are already certain to finish second in Champions League Group A, face Club Brugge on Tuesday night to complete their group stage schedule. On matchday five, Les Parisiens were defeated 2-1 by Manchester City, while their Belgian counterparts were penalised five times by RB Leipzig.
PSG managed to survive the heavy Citizens assault for the entirety of the match at the Etihad Stadium, eventually taking the lead through Kylian Mbappe, but the Parisian delight would not last long.
After Raheem Sterling restored parity for last season’s beaten finalists after just 13 minutes, Gabriel Jesus’ winner ensured Man City would finish first, forcing PSG to accept a second-place finish and a possibly more challenging knockout tie.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team has also lost their golden touch in Ligue 1 at the beginning of the month, drew with Nice and salvaging a point against Lens after Keylor Navas missed Seko Fofana’s long-range effort before Georginio Wijnaldum salvaged a point with a last-gasp header.
PSG has only won one of their past four games in all competitions, and they missed the chance to make it ten wins in a succession at the Parc des Princes during the visit of Nice, but Brugge still faces an uphill task this week.
Pochettino’s team is currently unbeaten in their previous 12 competitive matches at their London headquarters, and they have already defeated Man City and Leipzig in the 2021-22 Champions League on home soil, but the visitors still have a lot to play for.
Club Brugge was tipped as a European surprise package after an initial draw with PSG and a win over Leipzig, but Philippe Clement’s team has been unable to maintain that level of intensity and is now battling for the Europa League consolation prize.
On matchday five, the Belgian giants met an injured RB Leipzig, but the Bundesliga powerhouses still delivered them a footballing lesson, with Christopher Nkunku and Emil Forsberg each putting two past them, while Andre Silva also got in on the act.
Brugge start the final matchday bottom of Group A, level on four points with Leipzig but with a much poorer goal differential, thus a loss to PSG will put an end to their aspirations of playing in the Europa League, regardless of what happens in the other match between Leipzig and Man City.