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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.”
Whether this means that Leverkusen is resigned to defeat or not, Sami Hyppia’s troops do have quite a bit to prove to viewers. Hyppia’s side was thrashed by Manchester United in both their meetings in the group stage. The home leg was especially painful as Leverkusen conceded five. United, in the midst of one of their worst seasons in recent history, managed to topple Leverkusen with consummate ease.
The home side will be without the suspended Emre Can; the former Bayern youth will be a big miss. Eren Derdiyok is injured and will miss out. Robbie Kruse has been ruled out for just about the rest of the season; his pace off the bench will also be sorely missed. Seung-Woo Ryu is ineligible. Stefan Reinartz has not featured in Leverkusen’s three previous matches and remains a doubt for this one while Emir Spahic might miss out due to a minor problem picked up at the weekend.
PSG has much less to worry about; having witnessed a rather average United side tear apart what is viewed as one of the more talented Leverkusen sides in recent history, they will fancy their chances. Christophe Jallet, Zoumana Camara and Edinson Cavani are out for PSG. They beat Valenciennes 3-0 in Ligue 1 during the weekend.
Confidence in the Leverkusen camp might not be at an all-time high currently; they are coming into this one on the back of two losses. Their cup defeat to 2.Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern was a bit shocking to say the least. The game went into extra time and Bayer 04 eventually lost out, 0-1. Tired minds and tired legs then took on Schalke. Despite giving a good account of themselves, they went down 1-2. A third home loss would really cause problems in a campaign which had, until the defeat in the DFB Pokal, seemed to be headed in the right way.
Can PSG earn a much expected victory at the Bay Arena? Or will Leverkusen pull off a surprise?
Watch Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Paris Saint-Germain live on Tuesday, February 18, 2014:
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For the complete TV listings and live scores upon kick-off, visit the Leverkusen-PSG match page.