Lionel Messi has already made his presence felt, but Paris have been forced to settle for second place in their group. Be warned, however; there is much more to come from this team.
Round of 16: Paris vs Real Madrid
Campaign so far
Group A runner-up: W3 D2 L1 F13 A8
Best striker:Lionel Messi (5)
09/15: Club Brugge 1-1 Paris (Vanaken 27; Herrera 15)
09/28: Paris 2-0 Man City (Gueye 8, Messi 74)
10/19: Paris 3-2 Leipzig (Mbappé 9, Messi 67 74pen; André Silva 28, Mukiele 57)
11/03: Leipzig 2-2 Paris (Nkunku 8, Szoboszlai 90+2pen; Wijnaldum 21 39)
11/24: Man City 2-1 Paris (Sterling 63, Jesus 76; Mbappe 50)
07/12: Paris 4-1 Club Brugge (Mbappé 2 7, Messi 38 76pen; Rits 68)
Campaign in ten words: A starred team with enormous potential, always looking for the right balance.
The opinion of a UEFA.com journalist
Although he came second in his group at Manchester City, Paris remain among the main contenders for the trophy. The 2019/20 finalists have everything they need to do better this season – including the attacking talents of Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Lionel Messi – but they need to improve their consistency in Europe, and Mauricio Pochettino must find the best way to support its spearhead “MNM”.
What we learned
This individual attacking talent – however illustrious – is not necessarily enough on its own to outsmart well-trained top teams like City. That said, Lionel Messi has scored five goals in as many appearances and is sure to have sunk even deeper by the time the knockouts begin. With an in-form Messi, anything is possible.
Fantastic star performers
Kylian Mbappe – 44 points
Lionel Messi- 33 Points
Marquinhos – 24 points
Clubs can register a maximum of three new eligible players no later than 24:00 CET on Wednesday February 2. Since 2018/19, it doesn’t matter that these players have already played in the competition for another club, even for another club still in competition. Once all squad changes have been approved by UEFA in each competition, the full list of ins and outs will be published on UEFA.com.
• Messi has now scored at least two goals in a UEFA Champions League game 35 times.
• During the group stage, Messi rose to third place on the UEFA Champions League list of all-time greatest players.
• Mbappé’s first goal on Matchday 6 was Paris’ 250th goal in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.