When Paris Saint-Germain continues their Champions League season at home against Benfica on Tuesday night, they will be aiming to seize control of Group H.
The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in the reverse match last week in Portugal, and now Benfica and the French giants are tied for first place in the section with seven points each.
PSG started off Group H with consecutive victories over Maccabi Haifa and Juventus. They then drew with Benfica to climb to seven points, which kept them atop the group even though they faced the same opponents on Tuesday night.
The French champions may be able to advance to the knockout phase with two games remaining if they win this game.
Since they were champions in 2020, PSG has advanced to the Champions League semi-finals and round of 16, and this is the competition they are desperate to win.
Unquestionably, the squad has the talent to mount a formidable bid for the trophy, but if they are to ultimately prevail in the contest, they will need to overcome a number of mental obstacles.
Due to a calf injury he sustained in the closing minutes of the match against Benfica, Messi was absent for PSG’s match against Reims, and the Argentine won’t be taken on here.
Benfica is once again in a solid position to advance to the elimination phase after falling to Liverpool in the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season.