Paris Saint Germain is the current elite French club today and playing in the UEFA Champions League is a must. Parc Des Princes which can hold over 45,000 fans has been their turf for the European matches with some unforgettable nights.
A number of well-known figures have been a part of the squad in their Champions League campaign throughout a history. George Weah, David Ginola, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Angel di Maria, Neymar, Marquinhos and the next big thing, Kylian Mbappe are only a few who thrived with Le Parisien in UCL although none brought them to win the silverware yet.
Plenty of high profile managers have come and gone in Paris but these two names deserved some recognition from the club. Luis Fernandez and the former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel were the only ones who made important contributions in their UCL campaign with vital milestone in the competition.
PSG’s Champions League
Despite being one of the top and richest European teams, PSG has yet clinched any Champions League titles. Their best result was in 2019/20 season when they progress to their first final ever, whereas the second memorable one was in 1994/95 for their semi final debut after eliminating the favourite Barcelona.
Unfortunately, those two noteworthy outcomes lead to their most disappointing defeats. PSG was beaten by Bayern Munich in the summit 2020 behind closed doors in Lisbon. Another one was losing from AC Milan in 1995 with 0-3 aggregate in the last four.
Le Parisien have had their ups and downs in the Champions League. Their most distinguished moments came in 1994/95, 2019/20 and 2020/21 season. In 1995, Luis Fernandez’s side managed to thump Bayern Munich on the road at the group stage and thumped Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona 2-1 in Paris to reach semi final. They had to wait for 25 years to go through the final after smashing RB Leipzig 3-0 at the previous stage. Marquinhos, Angel di Maria and Juan Bernat netted their victorious winning goals. In the following season, under Mauricio Pocchettino, they trounced Barcelona and beat Bayern on the road.
Sadly, a disappointment followed their triumphant campaign in the same season. Die Roeten ended their first title win ambition in 2020 by a single goal of Kingsley Coman. Rossonerro dismantled George Weah and Co in both fixtures of 1995 semifinal and so did Manchester City in 2020/21 when Pep Guardiola’s men crushed their dream of consecutive finals by 4-1 aggregate.
Nevertheless, PSG’s most humiliating loss was in 2016/17 season when they already had a comfortable 4-0 win against Barcelona in the round of 16 at the first leg but eventually were hammered 1-6 in Camp Nou and sent them instantly to the exit.