Paris Saint-Germain: Group A Reactions

Posted by Jonathan Johnson

So Paris Saint-Germain draw Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Dynamo Zagreb. Before going into the finer details, on the face of it PSG have a very favourable draw. Avoided potential group like Real Madrid/Manchester City/Dortmund and on paper, should qualify from this group. However, paper never won anything and PSG will be up against seasoned Champions League contenders Porto, ambitious Ukrainian side DK and the Croats from Zagreb who rolled over against Lyon last year.

Champions League domination may be the ultimate aim for PSG's masterplan but the team and staff have already been talking about an extended run in Europe's premiere competition. They will be kicking themselves if they don't achieve this now. All three ties will be difficult away from home but at the Parc des Princes, PSG will fancy that they can take nine points from their three games.

Porto - Group opposition the last time PSG were in the Champions League, that Porto side had just won the competition the season before under Jose Mourinho and were decorated with considerable talent despite an exodus of the star names that won them the trophy under the Portuguese tactician. PSG will fancy a repeat of the 2-0 win they registered at the Parc des Princes thanks to goals from Pauleta and a sublime effort from the less well-known Charles Edouard Coridon. More of the same please.

Dynamo Kiev - Underestimate them at your peril. DK have a strong squad boasting talents such as Niko Kranjcar, Miguel Veloso and former Sochaux hitman Brown Ideye. Although they struggled to overcome Borussia Monchengladbach in qualifying the Ukrainians will be a tough side to face, especially away from home.

Dynamo Zagreb - The minnows of the group by some way but still a team to be wary of. Josip Simunic, Ante Rukavina, former Monaco duo Jerko Leko and Nikola Pokrivac will all be familiar to fans of European football and the club have more Champions League experience than PSG in the past few years. Lacking the young promising talents of bygone years perhaps but still a tricky away tie, Ancelotti will be targeting this set of games as a must-win six point haul.

A big surprise and a pleasant one at that. Not that I think PSG's group will be a walk in the park, it is just a lot less daunting than it could have been considering the teams in the other pots. I am confident that by the time the games roll around that PSG will have gotten things right on the pitch and started to move towards the summit of Ligue 1. Commanding home displays will be a must though as previous experience and recent Europa League outings have shown that the capital club are vulnerable on the road.

 

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