Match Today: Paris Saint-Germain vs Maccabi Haifa 14-09-2022 UEFA Champions League
Maccabi Haifa are under intense pressure to stop the juggernaut of Paris Saint-Germain that appears close to being unstoppable this season. The Israeli giant Maccabi Haifa had a bit of luck in the recent European competition.
They now face another indomitable challenge against Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
The French giants arrive at Sami Ofer Stadium on the back of a string of results that have seen them overtake most opponents. There should be a slight change to the script in the second round of this season's Champions League.
The Israeli giants have impressed in the domestic league but have historically struggled to make a name for themselves in Europe's biggest rivals and their first game in the tournament 13 years ago ended in a 2-0 defeat to Benfica.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Maccabi Haifa
Paris Saint-Germain will be hoping to withdraw and secure qualification for the last 16 as soon as possible with Juventus and Benfica facing each other. This presents a golden opportunity for the French team to cement the top spot, as long as they are not intimidated by the atmosphere of the host team Christophe Galtier and his colleagues.
He can be set for another familiar day in the office. Barak Vahr's team had their moments this season, especially in their 4-0 victory over Olympiacos in the qualifying stages. Maccabi Haifa also held out in the first half against Benfica before taking a heavy blow after the break. While they are hoping to battle PSG, especially at home, the quality of the visitors should ultimately make the difference.
The trio may struggle to keep up with PSG's indomitable attacking line, forcing full-backs Daniel Sundgren and Dolev Hazeza to step back and return to a 5-3-2 formation. Midfield trio Tejaron Sherry Neta Lavie and Mohamed Abou Fani will have the big task of neutralizing Marco Verratti and Vitina's midfield hold.
Maccabi Haifa vs Paris Saint-Germain
Maccabi Haifa and Paris Saint-Germain played each other only twice, in the first round of the 1998/1999 Cup Winners' Cup Paris Saint-Germain had yet to beat Maccabi Haifa and a victory that night would smash the duck.
The last time Maccabi Haifa faced a first-class team in the Champions League was in 2008-2009, losing both games to Bordeaux. record in eight games.
Paris Saint-Germain failed to win their last five away matches in the Champions League Paris Saint-Germain failed to keep a clean sheet in an away match since 2020 in Istanbul Basaksehir, a series of nine matches.Paris Saint-Germain will be without defender Presnel Kimpembe, who He was injured in the win over Brest at the weekend.
Aside from Renato Sanchez facing a late fitness test, Christophe Galtier has a full strength squad to choose from with many options available.