Preview: Can Leverkusen mount a challenge against one of the contenders for the crown?
Football is a game of finances as much as it is a game of skills; Rudi Völler knows this as much as everyone else does. The Bayer Leverkusen sporting director had an interesting statement to make prior to this clash as goal.com noted:
“In the end, money does score goals. You can see it at PSG and at Bayern. PSG are one of Europe's five best teams and they're among the favorites to win the Champions League, too.”
Preview: Claudio Ranieri and co out to prove title credentials
A clash which has been termed as “El Cashio” owing to the immeasurable cash vaults of both the clubs, could have a major impact on the title race this season. Second place Monaco are just five points adrift of defending champions PSG and could close the gap to two points if they manage to notch all three points in what is expected to be a scintillating encounter.
However prior to the match coach Claudio Ranieri has recognised the brilliance of Laurent Blanc’s team and has claimed that the league leaders are head and shoulders above his side in terms of quality.
"To win the Champions League, you need a budget of at least €300 million", Bayern Munich legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn stated to German publication Kicker when asked his opinion on what it takes for a side to lift European continental football's highest trophy.
He then went on to add that it was thanks to their lavish spending that saw Chelsea lift the trophy in 2012, the first in the club's history but conceded that "it doesn't make them any different than Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, or Bayern Munich".
Still, no one can dispute that since Chelsea's July 2003 takeover by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich that the Blues have not enjoyed an upswing in success, notably winning the league title three times (their first since the the 1954-1955 campaign).
Preview: Another Ibra-Ronaldo showdown on the cards
Last time the two men were on the same pitch the match ended in a five goal thriller and both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo scored all of their side’s goals as Portugal beat Sweden 3-2 in the second leg of the WCQ play-off to secure a place in the last 32.
This time when the two men face one another, the match will be played in the context of a friendly match but there is no denying that it promises to be a spectacle given the number of world class players which are present on either side.
Entertainment is described in Merriam-Webster as “amusement or diversion provided especially by performers”.
According to this definition, entertainment can be measured by not just one but by several criteria as amusement or diversion can come in several forms.
However, a smaller, perhaps financially constrained, side contesting a historic name of the game does not provide the viewer with the same entertainment as two giants logging heads with each other. This is because, unless both sides are of similar caliber, the superior side tends to dominate or in other words, bully the smaller side.
Preview: Portuguese giants will need a memorable night to go through to the knockout round
Benfica's name has generally been one that is associated with European Football, for many years now. With the UEFA Champions League Final being hosted at their stadium, the Portuguese side's hopes of making it to that final are now in the balance heading into Tuesday night's match.
Jorge Jesus' side has not started the new season very well, despite a number of new acquisitions in the squad. Apart from that, no key figures left from last season's roster, which has caused fans to question the manager.
Preview: Olympiakos looking to pull off an upset at Parc des Princes
The Greek champions will be looking to pick all three points when they face Paris Saint Germain, a victory will take them on level points with the group leaders and will definitely enhance their chances of making it to the next round.
However PSG who have been unbeaten in both league and European games will be very difficult to break down and Olympiakos will surely be pessimistic of their chances on Wednesday. Les Parisiens have won three of the four Champions League matches they have played this season and defeated Olympiakos 4-1 in the reverse fixtures.
Preview: Parisiens looking to continue unbeaten run
The Capital side have been unbeaten in the Champions League in the last ten outings and will be hoping to better their tally when they face Belgium based club Anderlecht. Even though they were knocked out of the Champions League in the Quarter- Finals last season, their elimination was a result of an away goal advantage to Barcelona after both legs finished with the scores levelled.
Laurent’s Blanc men will however make their trip to Brussels in a confident mood currently undefeated in all competitions this season. Les Rouge-et-Bleu will aim to make it three wins out of three when they face Anderlecht, having already scored easy victories over Olympiacos and Benfica.
Preview: PSG hoping to go on top with a win over Marseille
A victory in Le Classique could take both the teams to the top of table, should league leaders AS Monaco drop points over the weekend. Paris Saint Germain would be hoping to continue their impressive form which saw them defeating Portuguese outfit Benfica 3-0in what was arguably their best display of football this season.
The French champions are currently undefeated this season in all competitions, having so far won the French Super Cup, both their Champions League matches and notching up 18 points from the eight league games they have played so far.
Preview: PSG's high-flying offense could cause problems for Benfica
Since all the money was injected into PSG, they have not been able to establish themselves in European Football. While they've won Ligue 1, and came close to eliminating Barcelona in the Champions League, given the amount of talent they have, a European title should be expected.
On Wednesday they will take another step towards that, when they welcome Benfica to the Parc de Princes.
The Portuguese side has not started their domestic campaign off in the greatest form, but they were able to defeat Anderlecht 2-0 in Lisbon in their opening group match. Goals from Djuricic and Luisão lifted the Águias past the Belgian side.
Preview: Monaco in pursuit of new Ligue 1 order with victory over defending champions
The cash laden clubs will face each other for the first time in two years in a match which has been termed “El Cashio”. The last two encounters between the two sides ended in a draw, however this time it is an altogether different story.
PSG were expected to take the league by storm for years to come after being acquired by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who guaranteed his full financial support to the club. Lucrative spending by the Parisien side enabled them to buy one of the brightest players in the world of football which helped PSG to win its first league title in 19 years.
Elsewhere in Europe, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City both ensured that they also earned all three points against Greek outfit Olympiakos Piraeus and Czech side Viktoria Plzen respectively.
This left PSG and the Citizens top of their respective groups. The former shares the number one spot in Group C with Benfica while Man United’s city rivals are joint leaders in Group D with Bayern Munich.
Manchester City’s 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow – with second half goals in the span of ten minutes from Edin Džeko, Yaya Touré, and Sergio Agüero – does not reflect the hardship they went through. There was certainly quite a bit of added pressure on Manuel Pelligrini’s men going into this match.
Biggest clubs eying transformation
Last season, these squads suffered from lack of balance in attack, midfield or defence – due to injuries or loss of form by some of their players. They have since been busy letting names out or bolstering themselves with new acquisitions.
With the appointment of David Moyes at Manchester United, the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, and the appointment of Pep Guardiola by Bayern Munich, several players have been linked with moves to the respective clubs of these aforementioned gentlemen.
And this year’s most hyped transfer stories are not just about the Red Devils, the Blues, Los Blancos or Hollywood FC. Other popular clubs like Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Man City, Milan and Spurs complete LiveSoccerTV.com’s 2013 Summer Transfer Guide.
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Preview: Laurent Blanc looking to start title defence with a win against Jean Fernandez’s side
After a 2-1 win over Girondins de Bordeaux in Libreville, Gabon, in the Trophee des Champions, reigning French champions Paris Saint-Germain have made a 5,000 km journey back to the capital of France ahead of the start of the 2013/2014 campaign. Laurent Blanc’s men gave a good account of their credentials against Les Girindons in West Africa and the triumph represented a winning start to Blanc’s reign as the capital club’s manager.
Preview: Ancelotti looking to get better of former employees
Carlo Ancelotti’s managerial duties at Real Madrid could not have gone to a better start after the Spanish giants thumped AFC Bournemouth 6-0 just a few days back and now, it is time for the new Galacticos manager to look to register a win over a club he guided to the Championnelle in France last season.
Three individuals, Zlatan Ibrahimvoic, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlo Ancelotti are set to be the focus of this spectacle. The game takes place at Nya Ullevi, Goteborg, Sweden, a country where Zlatan Ibrahimovic took his first steps towards becoming a global star.
Three! That is the official number of players Paris Saint-Germain have signed so far this summer. After splashing the cash for Edinson Cavani, bargaining successfully for Lucas Digne, PSG once again beat their competitors by securing the services of Marquinhos for 31.4m euros which makes him the fifth most expensive defenders in the history of the game.
Only a year ago, the young Brazilian was a completely unknown quantity when Zdenek Zeman brought him to Rome last summer from Corinthians. Since then, the youngster has seen a rise in his standing that is nothing short of stratospheric and phenomenal.
Marquinhos arrived in the Eternal City as a shy 18-year-old prospect, eager to learn in his first few seasons before announcing himself on the world stage.
After a lot of haggling and a lot of wooing, Leonardo has given Paris Saint-Germain a perfect departing gift in the shape of Uruguay international, Edinson Cavani. The striker arrives at Parc des Princes with the reputation of being one of the most lethal strikers in the game today.
Put Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the equation and it becomes clear that out of all the big clubs in Europe at the moment, this particular strike partnership promises goals galore with ruthless professionalism.However, that might not be the case if reports coming out of the Saint-Germain region are anything to go by with.
The arrival of Il Matador has resulted in the giant Swede getting all jumpy largely due to the fact that he might no longer remain the face of the club like he used to be last season.