In the 5th round in UEFA Champions League, PSG host Ajax.
PSG have already qualified in the next stage, while the visitors are fighting for the 3rd position which leads in UEFA Europa League.
PSG have managed to take all three points (2-3) against Metz in Ligue 1 four days ago and it was their 7th consecutive win.
Despite the fact that PSG have already qualified, they want to win this one and keep the first position before the last match when they visit Barcelona.
“Before thinking about this match against Barcelona, we have to be aware that there is a game to win on Tuesday. We have to win to prepare for the Barcelona match in the best possible manner.” – said Laurent Blanc at the pre-match press conference.
For this match home side will be without Thiago Silva (5/0 d), Cabaye (12/1 m), Thiago Motta (12/0 m), Verratti (12/0 m) and Bahebeck (8/2 f), but the good news for PSG is that an important midfielder Lucas (13/6 m) has recovered from an injury.
Ajax lost all chances to get through in the next stage of Champions League, but it doesn’t mean that they will be without motivation. They are standing at the 3rd position and they want to keep it and continue their participation in Europa League. Btw, UEFA has made a decision that the UEFA Europa League winners will be rewarded with a place in the UEFA Champions League.
An important defender Joël Veltman (11/2 d) is out due to suspension, after he got the red card in the last match against Barca, and he will be replaced by Stefano Denswil (1/0 d).
PSG is better side and favorite to win this one, but I expect that the visitors will play open and try to make something (they have nothing to lose), so this could be an open match in which we can see many goals.