Manchester United stars Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial worry Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel. Manchester United host PSG tonight in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash. The Red Devils go into the encounter in fine form having won ten of their last 11 in all competitions.
Pogba and Martial have shone in that run, with the midfielder having been rejuvenated since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken over as boss. Martial has also been given a new lease of life under the Norwegian, and goes into tonight’s clash full of confidence and Tuchel is wary of the dangers the pair pose.
“Well I don’t think there’s any surprise about Paul Pogba being a key player, he’s an incredible player,” the PSG boss said. “He has wonderful qualities, he can do a lot of things, extremely strong, with the ball at his feet, he’s very good and very strong in challenges and one on ones, taking people on he’s always capable of making a difference. I think in my opinion he’s always dangerous offensively with Martial, they’re a very dangerous pairing.”
“Pogba is dangerous in the penalty area as well when the ball comes in from the right and he arrives at the right time, he’s a very good header of the ball, a key player absolutely and he’s now becoming a leader, he loves playing for this club.” When the Champions League draw was made in December, most expected PSG to waltz through this tie.
“But since then, Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United and the Red Devils have seen an upturn in form and PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon knows United will pose a threat to his team. “Old Trafford is the temple of a great team with a very important history,” Buffon said
“This tie must be confronted in a serious way and without any regrets. We’ll regret it if our way of playing isn’t expressed in the way that the match demands. Football is strange: two months ago, at the time of the draw, everyone thought that PSG would go through. Two months later, seeing what has happened with us and the developments at Manchester United, we are at the least on the same level now.”
“This makes you understand how strange it is and how certain balances can swap around in the Champions League.” The match promises to be a very entertaining one to watch as both sides look to outwit the other for a place in the Quarter Finals.
EPL: Chelsea finally tell Real Madrid how much to pay for Hazard
Real Madrid will have to pay a huge amount to sign forward, Eden Hazard, away from Premier League giants, Chelsea this summer.
The Spanish giants are eyeing Hazard as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who after nine years, left the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus in an £88million deal last summer.
According to Belgian outlet, HLN, Chelsea wants at least £98.5million for Hazard after rejecting Real Madrid’s opening offer for the 28-year-old.
Hazard is a huge admirer of Zidane as a coach and named the French legend as his idol growing up.
The Belgium international has so far refused to sign a new long-term deal with Chelsea as he enters the final 12 months of his current contract at Stamford Bridge.
FA Cup semi-final fixtures revealed [See full draw]
Manchester City will play Brighton and Hove Albion in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
City came from two goals down to defeat Swansea City in the quarter-final on Saturday, while Brighton needed extra time to see off Millwall today.
Watford face Wolverhampton Wanderers, who eliminated Manchester United yesterday.
The games will take place over the weekend of April 6.
Both fixtures will be played at Wembley Stadium.
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