PSG Catch Break as Valencia's Adil Rami Set to Miss Match in Paris
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Perhaps PSG's luck is turning around. After controlling their Champions League encounter with Valencia for 87 minutes, the last few minutes brought them back to earth.
With a 2-0 lead and cruising to an impressive away victory, PSG saw Valencia score a much needed goal and lost Zlatan Ibrahimovic all in the span of five minutes. With a yellow card early in the match, young midfield dynamo Marco Verratti was already sidelined for the second leg in Paris.
As if their luck could not get any worse, a flat PSG was beaten 3-2 at Sochaux during their Ligue 1 clash on Sunday. This loss allowed Lyon to get back to a three-point gap in the Ligue 1 title chase.
With stories swirling about Jeremy Menez and his discontent with playing time, the black clouds were inevitably forming over the Paris club. An exit from the Champions League was all that was left waiting to complete this dark cycle.
An ESPN FC report may cast a little sunlight on PSG ahead of their second leg clash with Valencia, albeit at their opponent's expense. Valencia defender Adil Rami will miss the next three weeks with a thigh tear.
The loss of Rami leaves a large hole in Valencia's defense. Rami is a gifted defender who is solid in containing opposing teams offensive threats. Without him, the space carved out by the likes of Moura and company will be a little larger.
This injury may open up Valencia's defense even more to PSG's offensive firepower. With Valencia having to push forward to score two goals, the loss of Rami may be felt most in defending the PSG counter attack.
This Champions League tie took on a whole new shape with Ibra's dismissal in Spain. Now this match has turned down another path as Valencia has been struck by its own dark cloud.
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