It was hardly compelling, especially after an action-packed Tuesday of Champions League football, but on Wednesday, Paris Saint-Germain booked a place in the quarterfinal round of Europe’s most prestigious club competition for the first time in 18 years.
The come-from-behind 1-1 draw with Valencia at Parc des Princes was enough for the Ligue 1 leaders to progress at the Spanish side’s expense. An impressive away performance in the first leg had spotted them a 2-1 aggregate lead coming into the return match, and even after Jonas opened the scoring in the 55th minute, PSG never really looked like they were heading out of the tournament.
And so they’ll go into the pot for the quarterfinal and semifinal draws on Mar. 15, but no matter which club they’re tied to, they’ll be anything but an underdog from here.
PSG are legitimate Champions League contenders.
It may sound funny to say, but Valencia certainly aren’t laughing, and their quarterfinal opponents will hardly be taking a place in the final four for granted, either. PSG are very much for real. They have all the pieces necessary for an extended run in Europe, and over the next few slides, we’ll look into why they just might be presented the trophy at Wembley in May.