Juventus and PSG meet at the Allianz Arena for the first time in the 21st century. The Ligue 1 champion and Benfica have already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, while the “Old Lady” remain in contention with Maccabi Haifa for third place, which will ensure their participation in the 1/16-finals of the Europa League. The last two teams in the standings have three points each, while the first two have eleven.
The “Parisians” came out victorious in the first battle with Juventus. By the 22nd minute, the French giants had a two-goal lead and a crushing victory was expected, but in the end PSG did not score a single more goal and the Black and Whites responded with one. Kylian Mbappe scored twice for the Ligue 1 champions, while Weston McKenney scored for Juventus, who will miss the upcoming clash with an injury he picked up at the weekend.
On Sunday, the 24-year-old American played in the first half of Juve’s away win at Lecce. In the meeting at “Via del Mare” there was only one goal, which was the work of Niccolò Fagioli. The young midfielder replaced Weston McKenney at halftime. So far, the 21-year-old has only come on as a substitute for Juventus and has been on the pitch for a total of 77 minutes in his four appearances. It was also his first goal in the black and white shirt.
PSG also won their last match in Ligue 1, but twice had to catch up to Troyes. The final result of their clash at Parc des Princes was 4:3. The win over Juventus in September was PSG’s first against this opponent. In the past century, they have seven more battles, which have always ended in triumph for the Italian club. Juve are not at their best, but I expect them to perform well in the upcoming clash, as whether they play in the Europa League depends on it. If Maccabi pick up a point from their home game with Benfica, they can throw the “Old Lady” out of the European tournaments.