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Bayer Leverkusen vs Paris Saint-Germain: Preview

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With all the hype surrounding Manchester City's monumental clash against Barcelona, it's easy to forget the other Champions League tie taking place tonight.

Yet the the match between holds just as much importance at the the fixture in Manchester, with a quarter-final place in the Champions League at stake.

Bayer have little hope of catching Bayern Munich, who sit 16 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, and were knocked out of the DFB Pokal last week by second division side FC Kaiserslautern. 

With the Champions League their only chance at silverware, Leverkusen will be looking to put in a strong performance in front of their own fans. Bayer's last Champions League match saw them demolished 5-0 at the hands of group winners Manchester United.

Levekusen will no doubt face a tough test again against the Parisien powerhouse PSG, who are firm favourites. Paris Saint Germain are flying high at the top of Ligue 1, five points clear off fellow nouveau-riche side Monaco.

"Paris have spent a lot of money in recent years and built a very good team," said Leverkusen manager Sami Hyypia "They have a lot of individual quality and we'll have to be at our absolute best to get a good result. We have to give 100 percent in every department."

The French side made it to the quarter-finals last year, before being knockout out of the competition by Barcelona on away goals. they'll be looking to go even further this year.

PSG will be hoping to walk away from the BayArena with at least a few away goals to take back to Paris.

Laurent Blanc, who will return to the dugout after a touchline ban, will be looking at Ibrahimovic as the man to inspire his side to a first leg victory.

He has experience to spare, he will always score and he will score goals until the end of his career,” said Blanc. “For him to be decisive at this stage in the competition is more difficult, because the defences are better organised."

“But he remains our greatest asset to score and he’s the player on which Bayer will focus, this type of match motivates him more than a championship.”

Meanwhile Leverkusen will be relying on German hit man Stefan Kiessling to do the business for them in the final third. The striker is Leverkusen's top scorer with 13 goals to his name this season.

Bayer however will have to make do without suspended midfielder Emre Can, whilst Edinson is still injured for PSG

Despite the Uruguayan's absence, Paris Saint-Germain should emerge victors in what will no doubt be a close contest.

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