SportsChampions League showdown on Parc de Princes

Champions League showdown on Parc de Princes

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain warms up during a training session prior the UEFA Champions League 2023/24 round of 16 first leg match against Real Sociedad at Campus PSG on February 13, 2024 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain warms up during a training session prior the UEFA Champions League 2023/24 round of 16 first leg match against Real Sociedad at Campus PSG on February 13, 2024 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images)
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7:32 PM EST, February 14, 2024

Paris-Saint-Germain is facing Real Sociedad in the Round of 16 of the Champions League tonight. What can be expected from the football night in Paris?

Rumors about Mbappe

Undoubtedly, most eyes are turned towards the biggest French football superstar and perhaps the biggest football star in the world - Kylian Mbappe. Recently, there have been rumors about a potential transfer to Real Madrid after the end of his contract, which lasts until the end of June 2024. It turns out that Real Madrid is not going to be his choice for the next club in his career. Now, it is possible that young footballer is going to stay in Paris for an even longer period. He is surely frustrated, though, by not the level of play matching his standards. Let's keep in mind that Mbappe has not won the Champions League yet in his career, although he is considered to be one of the best, if not the best footballer in the world right now.

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 10: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain arrives to the stadium for the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille OSC at Parc des Princes on February 10, 2024 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 10: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain arrives to the stadium for the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille OSC at Parc des Princes on February 10, 2024 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images)© GETTY | Aurelien Meunier - PSG

Rumors and uncertainty about his future do not stop Kylian Mbappe from putting forth an incredible performance. This season, he scored thirty goals in twenty-nine matches and got seven assists. He is going to be the main point of the Parisian team in the fight for the best possible result in this year's edition of the Champions League.

Players of Real Sociedad attend a training session in Paris, France, 13 February 2024. Real Sociedad will face Paris Saint-Germain in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16, first leg match on 14 February. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
Players of Real Sociedad attend a training session in Paris, France, 13 February 2024. Real Sociedad will face Paris Saint-Germain in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16, first leg match on 14 February. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON Dostawca: PAP/EPA.© PAP | PAP/EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Real Sociedad without any chances?

It is really not possible to imagine Real Sociedad winning over the French champions. PSG is named among the favorites to win the Champions League this year, although certainly, they are not the main ones. Last year, they suffered a crushing defeat against Bayern Munchen, which still had not gone very far.

Real Sociedad currently holds the eighth place in the standings of La Liga, and they do not seem to be in their best shape. In their last four La Liga matches, they have won only one, by one point margin. They have lost to Osasuna recently and had two draws against Girona and Vallecano. Analysts give them very few chances against the likes of the Parisian super-team. The Champions League history has seen bigger upsets, though.

Today's showdown is being held in Park de Princes in Paris. The return match is going to take place in San Sebastian on the fifth of March this year.

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