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The showing of big-spending PSG at Leverkusen a fortnight ago was a showcase of the progress the Parisien side has made over the last few years. A hat-trick from Swedeish super-striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and goal on his European debut for French midfielder Yohan Cabaye almost sealed the fate of the tie in the first leg itself. Now on their home-turf it looks very improbably that the French Champions will implode and concede 5 goals to a spirited Leverkusen to say the least.
November 2012 – That’s the last time PSG have conceded 4 goals at home. Carlo Ancelotti had led his PSG to a quarter-final finish during his tenure and even before we head into the 2nd leg, it looks like Laurent Blanc has at least matched that. Ruthlessness – That’s what Blanc has incorporated in the star-studded PSG line-up. Don’t expect them to cut any slack for a young Leverkusen on Wednesday. To add to the miseries of the highly improbable comeback of Bayer Leverkusen, record signing Edinson Cavani will be fit and available to partner Zlatan in attack. Another rout awaits viewers.
Sami Hypia wouldn’t benefit much even if the performance from his players matches the miracle of Istanbul. However, for a young side like his, this is a welcome experience. Many of the Leverkusen squad members are hopefuls of making their national squads for Brazil. A stage as big as this, is perfect for the youngsters from Germany to showcase their talents ahead of the extravaganza in Brazil.
Another dominating performance from Zlatan and co. looks likely in Paris. With coach Blanc already having an eye on the next round, the German job seems to be completed even before kick-off on Wednesday.
Prediction : PSG 1 – Bayer Leverkusen 1.