PSG - Club Brugge: Club Facts

Club has had some time to get over the heavy home defeat against PSG. Now the blue and black travel to Paris with renewed hope to get a result. Learn more about the Champions League match with our Club Facts.

CHANGES, WITH SUCCESS

Philippe Clement tinkered with his line-up last Saturday. He made no less than six changes compared to the earlier game on Wednesday. Diagne, Mitrovic, Openda, Rits, Schrijvers and Sobol were in the starting line-up. But it was the inevitable Hans Vanaken who gave Club a double lead. His first from the spot, his second with a unstoppable header. Ruud Vormer gave his eleventh assist of the season, for Hans Vanaken it was his 11th goal across all competitions.

 

In the second half Schrijvers feeded Okereke who slotted home for a third game in a row. With his seven league league goals he is now joined third in the top scorers ranking. Schrijvers was for a 20th time decisive in 51 games.

 

Club kept a clean sheet for a nineth time this season.

90th french-belgian match

On Wednesday a French and Belgian team face each other in Europe for the 90th time. For Club it will be the 40th Champions League group stage fixture in which it hopes to do better than in the previous game when an unleashed Mbappé completed his hat-trick and gave an assist in a 0-5 defeat. It was the largest home defeat in Europe for Club, while PSG equalled their biggest ever away victory in Europe.

 

PSG is the only side in this Champions League campaign to yet concede a goal. Les Parisiens qualify for the next round if they keep all three points home.

 

Club has to hope to grab the win for a third time in twelve European away matches on French soil, while PSG never lost at home against Belgian teams (3 wins, 2 draws).

 

After visiting the Bernabéu, Club will play in another football emblem. The Parc des Princes opened it doors in 1972 and hosted two Europan Championship finals and two Europa Cup I finals. With 47.929 seats, the away end will have a big task to make themselves heard.

 

PSG is looking unstoppable in the Ligue 1. Marseille was sent home with a 4-0 defeat, but bottom of the league Dijon was able to surprise the table toppers last weekend (2-1).

MATCH 40 for Brandon and Hans?

Both Brandon Mechele and Hans Vanaken can play their 40th European match. Mechele played all 39 for Club, Hans already had six European games for Lokeren under his belt before joining us. Éder Balanta can play his 25th European game after having played 22 for FC Basel.

scottish referees

Scotsman Bobby Madden has been appointed referee for this Champions League match. He will be assisted by Graeme Stewart and David Roome. Nicolas Walsh is the fourth official.

 

The video assistant referee is the Englishman Stuart Attwell, assisted by Paul Tierney.

The UEFA Referee Observer is the Norwegian Rune Pedersen, the UEFA Delegate Englishman Jenni Kennedy.

 

It'll be Club's fourteenth match with a Scottish referee.

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