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Manchester City FC vs. Paris Saint-Germain

City of Manchester Stadium

3rd December 2008

7:45pm

MCFC v PSG

City go into their third group game knowing that victory will ensure topping the group and playing a third placed UEFA team in the next round.

Vital Quotes:

Mark Hughes talks about City and the UEFA cup: 'There is a prize to be had. If we are to finish top of the group that is to our benefit. Hopefully that will mean an easier draw in the last 32.

'If we can get a positive result from this match that should be enough and I feel we can make chances at home against any team.

'PSG are a good side. They need a decent result but it just depends on what significance they place on this competition.

'They have changed their team in previous rounds and protected their senior players for league games.'

Joe Hart also talks about his european feelings: "I think we`ve got a great chance of going forward in Europe and it`s exciting for the Club.

"I think it`s a great thing to stay in Europe too because it presents some good situations as well trips for the lads and the supporters. It brings us all closer together."

PSG's manager and former Ranger's boss Paul le Guen talks about the up coming game also: 'We are ambitious, we want to qualify from this group and we have come here looking for a win. A good result would set us up for FC Twente in two weeks' time.

'I have said all season that our priority remains the championship, but that does not mean that we don't want to do well in the UEFA Cup. Tonight's team will be similar to the one that faced Santander.

'This is an important game because if we win we can still qualify for the knock-out stages. There is a lot of talk about City at the moment, and especially Robinho, but we are not here to swap shirts. The important thing is this competition and taking the points that are on offer here.'

'If we don't believe, there's no point turning up on Wednesday. A point would be good, but we want to win. We can still qualify, but City have already qualified and will be playing without pressure. That could be a double-edged sword for us.'

Manchester City FC Team News:

City have doubts over Richards, Wright-Phillips and Robinho.

Our Brazilian superstar Robinho is struggling with an ankle injury and will not be risked should he fail to convince Hughes of his fitness.

Shaun Wright Phillips is carrying a knee knock and Micah Ricahrds has an ankle complaint.

Both men are facing a race against time to be involved against PSG, but will be given an opportunity to stake a claim for a starting berth.

Meanwhile, Switzerland international midfielder Gelson Fernandes definitely misses out as he is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Player to watch: Stephen Ireland

With Doubts over the other two creators it will be up to Stevie to provide that killer ball or make that well timed run to hurt the Paris team.

Paris Saint-Germain Team News:

With Le Guen set to ring the changes when the Parisians arrive in England a host of fringe players are expected to be given a rare opportunity to shine.

That means the likes of Peguy Luyindula, Fabrice Pancrate, Gregory Bourillon and former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman should all start.

Experienced former France internationals Claude Makelele and Ludovic Giuly are unlikely to feature, allowing their back-ups to take centre stage.

There are, though, a couple of enforced absentees for PSG.

Midfield dynamo Stephane Sessesgnon hobbled off at the weekend with a thigh complaint and must sit out the City clash, while Clement Chantome is still suffering with a back problem and has been omitted from Le Guen's travelling party.

Player to watch: Mateja Kezman

The Serbian international striker was prolific at PSV; but since his transfer to Chelsea has hardly set the world alight.

Match Facts & Stats

This is the first time that the two teams have faced each other in europe.

Ref Watch:

Bruno Miguel Duarte Paixão - the 34 year old Portugese referee has referee'd since 1993 and has been a FIFA referee since 2004. So has the makings to rule things well this evening.

Match Prediction:

PSG should cause City some problems but as we are at home I expect a bit of a backlash after Sunday's poor performance. MCFC 2 - 0 PSG

Next Fixtures:

Fulham away on Saturday 6th December at the Craven Cottage with a 12:45pm kick off on Sky Sports.




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Writer: Gavin Cooper  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 3 2008

Time: 4:16PM

Your Comments

This is a game made in heaven for our other two Brazilian stars, Elano and Joao. Let's hope Hughes starts with them both, The way Stevie ireland is playing it would be great to see how he and Elano can take control of the midfield.
Sindbad
there is a distinct lack of a cutting edge .......
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