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Paris and Manchester City primed for progress

Published: Saturday 2 April 2016, 20.00CET
Paris are in the quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row and Manchester City for the first time, and the two will be keen to continue their recent progress in the competition.

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Tournament statistics

ParisMan. City

Goals scored18
Possession (%)60
Total attempts134
on target55
off target52
against woodwork4
Yellow cards22
Red Cards0
Fouls committed117
Fouls suffered128

Press kits

  • Match press kit (local language)
Published: Saturday 2 April 2016, 20.00CET

Paris and Manchester City primed for progress

Paris are in the quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row and Manchester City for the first time, and the two will be keen to continue their recent progress in the competition.

While Paris Saint-Germain are in a fourth successive UEFA Champions League quarter-final, Manchester City FC are making their first appearance.

Previous meetings
• Paul Le Guen's Paris earned a goalless draw against a Manchester City side managed by Mark Hughes at the City of Manchester Stadium in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage – their only previous meeting. Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Vincent Kompany were in the City team.

• The teams in Manchester on 3 December 2008 were:
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Dunne, Ben Haim, Garrido, Kompany, Ireland, Elano (Benjani 49), Vassell (Hamann 76), Sturridge, Jô (C Evans 65).
Paris: Landreau, S Traoré, Sakho, Z Camara, Bourillon, Makélélé (Armand 59), Clément, Rothen, Pancrate (Giuly 69), Luyindula, Kežman (Hoarau 69).

• City finished first in Group A with Paris third, both sides progressing to the round of 32. Both eventually lost in the quarter-finals, City going down 4-3 on aggregate to Hamburger SV while Paris were beaten 3-0 over two legs by FC Dynamo Kyiv.

Match background

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• Paris have won their last four UEFA Champions League matches, including home and away 2-1 wins against Chelsea FC in the round of 16.

• Paris are in the quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row, having lost to Barcelona in 2013 and 2015 and Chelsea in 2014.

• Overall, their European Cup quarter-final record is W1 L3. They beat Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate in 1994/95, subsequently losing to AC Milan in the semi-finals.

• The 3-1 home defeat by Barcelona in the 2014/15 quarter-final first leg was Paris' only home reverse in 38 games in European competition (25 wins, 12 draws) since Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC beat them in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage.

• Laurent Blanc's side have won three of their four home fixtures in this season's competition, the exception the goalless draw against Real Madrid CF on matchday three. 

• Paris are unbeaten in their last four encounters with Premier League opposition, all against Chelsea, since a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge in April 2014.

• The Parisian club have played 13 matches against English sides with the record W4 D5 L4. At home it is W3 D2 L1.

• Their knockout record in ties against English sides reads W3 L2.

Manchester City
• This is City's first European Cup quarter-final. Their last two UEFA Champions League campaigns ended in round of 16 defeat by Barcelona, in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

• The 3-1 aggregate win against Dynamo Kyiv in this season's round of 16 – 3-1 away, 0-0 home – was City's first European Cup knockout victory. Aside from those Barcelona defeats, their only previous tie was a 2-1 aggregate loss to Fenerbahçe SK in the 1968/69 first round.

• City have won three of their four away games in this season's competition, losing 1-0 at Juventus on matchday five. 

• While this is City's first quarter-final, their coach Manuel Pellegrini has been there with two other clubs – Villarreal CF (2005/06, 2008/09) and Málaga CF (2012/13). Only Villarreal's 2006 side won their last-eight tie, going on to lose to Arsenal FC in the semi-finals.

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Coach and player links
• Yaya Touré was a team-mate of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Maxwell at Barcelona in 2009/10.

• David Luiz joined Paris in summer 2014 after three and a half years and 81 Premier League appearances for Chelsea. He scored against City in Chelsea's 2-0 home win in March 2011.

• Also played in England: Angel Di María, Manchester United (2014/15); Benjamin Stambouli, Tottenham Hotspur FC (2014/15)

• Played in France: Bacary Sagna, AJ Auxerre (2004–2007); Touré, AS Monaco FC (2006/07); Gaël Clichy (AS Cannes, 2002/03)

• Joe Hart was in goal for England when Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimović scored four times in a 4-2 victory for the Blågult in a November 2012 friendly.

• Hart and Raheem Sterling helped England to a 2-0 Wembley win against Blaise Matuidi's France on 17 November 2015.

• Aleksandar Kolarov scored Serbia's goal in a 1-1 friendly draw against France in Belgrade on 7 September 2014. Matuidi came on for the visitors.

• Blanc ended his playing days at Manchester United between 2001 and 2003, appearing in a 3-1 loss at Maine Road on 9 November 2002.

• Clichy made three appearances for Blanc's France side at UEFA EURO 2012, including the quarter-final loss to David Silva's Spain (2-0).

• Ibrahimović scored Barcelona's winner against Pellegrini's Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on 29 November 2009.

•  International team-mates:
Sagna, Clichy, Eliaquim Mangala & Matuidi, Layvin Kurzawa (France)
Fernandinho & David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Lucas (Brazil)
Nicolás Otamendi, Martín Demichelis, Zabaleta, Sergio Agüero & Javier Pastore, Di María (Argentina)
Touré, Wilfried Bony & Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast)

Match facts

• In their first match since winning the Ligue 1 title in record time, Paris lost 2-0 to AS Monaco FC on 20 March – their first home league defeat since 7 May 2014.

• Paris retained the championship with an unprecedented eight games to spare, wrapping up their fourth consecutive title with a 9-0 success at ES Troyes AC on 13 March, Ibrahimović scoring four times.

• The triumph was Paris's biggest ever win in Ligue 1 and the largest margin of victory for an away side in France's top flight.

• Ibrahimović scored his first home hat-trick of the season in Saturday's 4-1 defeat of OGC Nice. Paris are 25 points clear of Monaco; the Ligue 1 record is 17.

• Edinson Cavani scored Uruguay's first goal as they recovered from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with a Brazil side featuring City midfielder Fernandinho in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on 25 March.

• Marco Verratti (groin) has not played since 20 February.

• Winners of the last two editions, Paris face LOSC in the French League Cup final on 23 April.

Manchester City
• City have won only three of their last ten matches in all competitions (counting the shoot-out success against Liverpool FC in the League Cup final as a draw) and were without a goal in three before their 4-0 win at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.

• Sterling was ruled out for six to eight weeks after suffering a groin injury in the 1-0 home loss to Manchester United on 20 March. Hart sustained a calf problem in the same game.

• Kompany hobbled off early on against Dynamo on 15 March with a recurrence of a calf injury and is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.

Last updated: 05/04/16 15.51CET