12 February, 2013 - 15:59

Champions League preview: the Prince and the Pauper

Champions League preview: the Prince and the Pauper

The match between PSG and Valencia reflects different sides of modern football.

”From rags to reaches” is a short story of the French team. Huge amounts of oil money were pumped into the side and with signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi in recent year, not to mention the arrival of the starry David Beckham the French team imposes a new power in European football.

If the story of PSG is about spending money, Valencia’s tale is about selling and reducing costs. The Spaniards are going a tough period by contrast, struggling to be competitive after years of relative success. The Spanish side saw real exodus of gifted players in recent years with the likes of David Villa, David Silva and Juan Mata heading to richer clubs. The club sold Jordi Alba in the summer, while Gago was loaned to an Argentine club in January.

PSG is leading the French Ligue 1 after a confident win at home to Bastia 3-1, while Valencia stands fifth in La La Liga with weak hope of getting into the Champions League. The side won Celta Vigo 1-0 on Saturday, with the forward Nelson Valdez heading the winner in the third minute of added time.

Valencia would not stand a chance had these teams met in December, but now the Spanish side seems to catch positive surge. PSG has not showed truly impressive performance since December and despite dominating in the French league and scoring high number of away goals, the results of the Parisian side does not live up to the expectations of fans.

The match looks balanced. Valencia will enjoy the home support and use their reach experience in European tournaments, while PSG can utilize world class players and audacity only the rich and the famous possess.

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