Club Brugge – PSG: Club Facts

A star-studded PSG side makes its way to Bruges. Vanaken, Diatta, Mignolet and co will be more than happy to give them a hearty welcome at Jan Breydel and continue their great run.

DIATTA AND SCHRIJVERS GO FOR 50

Look at the stats on this one: Krépin Diatta added another assist, but saw his goal cancelled out by the VAR against Mouscron. On Tuesday, he's up for a 50th game at Club, his tenth in Europe. Another one in hopes of making it to the pitch a 50th time is Siebe Schrijvers.

 

Two yellow cards at Real Madrid mean Ruud Vormer misses the game against Paris Saint-Germain. Our Dutch skipper will only be back for Club's last game of the CL group stages against Real at home.

ON THE PROWL FOR 7 UNDEFEATED GAMES

Club Brugge's 316th European game puts the team head-to-head with French champions PSG. The two teams are yet toplay each other in an official encounter, but Club Brugge invited the team at the occasion of its gala game De Brugse Metten twice. Both games ended in a 2-0 home win.

 

Another fine stat: ever since taking over, Bart Verhaeghe has had 74 European games with Blauw-Zwart.

 

In 11 earlier encounters with French opposition, Club earned 5 wins, 2 draws and four defeats. For PSG, this will be the 6th European away mission in Belgium, with 2 wins, 2 draws and just one defeat so far.

 

Club has had a brilliant run so far, being unbowed in 6 consecutive CL encounters. To boot, the team hadn't conceded in 473 minutes, until Ramos brought Real back to life.

ALMOST 50 CANDLES

PSG is still a spring chicken in the world of football, the fusion of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain. Founded in 1970, it has been in the Ligue 1 since 1974, topping the table on 8 occasions. A first prize came in way of a Coupe de France back in 1982. It's their favourite piece of silverware, having collected 12 Cups so far.

 

Its first European campaign in 1983 ended in the Quarter Finals against a Belgian team. Thor Waterschei proved too much of a handful. In the 90ies, Les Parisiens had their hayday with UEFA Cup and Europacup 2 Semis, the Champions League and eventually winning Europacup 2.

 

A major overhaul came in the purchase by Qatar Sports back in 2011. Budget skyrocketed, and national prizes soon followed. Thé main target (the Champions League), however, has still been out of reach. Last season they won a group featuring Liverpool, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade, but an upset elimination by Manchester United followed after a dramatic last-gasp penalty for the Reds.

 

Les Parisiens are unbeaten in four CL away games, only losing at Anfield last season. Three more goals and they will have scored 200 in the Champions League.

 

Still plenty of question marks as to the Parisian outfit taking on Club on Tuesday. With Cavani, Draxler, Kehrer, Neymar and Gueye, a number of stars are uncertain or out for the encounter. Mbappé has only just returned from injury last week, but managed to make it to the scoreline straight away. With 19 internationals, however, coach Thomas Tuchel has enough stars to chose from.

 

One Parisian looking forward to the game will be Thomas Meunier, back in the French Starting XI. The 28 year old is still the only Belgian to have made it at PSG, after jumpstarting his career at Club Brugge where he featured in 198 games. Other players to have worn both jerseys are Khalilou Fadiga and David Rozehnal.

A GERMAN REF

The game between Club Brugge and French PSG will be lead by German Mr. Daniel Siebert, backed by his fellow countrymen Mr. Jan Seidel and Mr. Stefan Lupp, fourth official is Mr. Marco Fritz. Man in charge of the VAR will be Mr. Bastian Dankert, backed by Mr. Mark Borsch.

 

UEFA observer is Mr. Nicola Rizzoli (Ita), UEFA representative is Mr. Nebojša Ivković (Srb)

 

Mr. Siebert has had one Club before, i.e. Club's final European game last season at FC Salzburg (4-0). The 35 year old from Berlin is a UEFA Category 1 ref, making him a member of the second highest level of referees in Europe. He has been an international ref since 2015.

 

For the second time this season, Club will see a German ref in the UCL. Mr. Felix Brych handled the whistle during Club-LASK. This will be the 28th European encounter lead by a German referee.

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