Welcome to France for our live coverage of the huge Champions League group stage clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
It’s rare that clubs of such magnitude – the first and second favourites for the competition – should meet at this point in proceedings, but Matchday Two has served up an intriguing treat for the neutrals.
Indeed, Group A may well stand for ‘astronomical’ such is the money that each has spent this past decade in pursuit of a first European crown.
And with each finishing as runners-up in the last two seasons, the expectation and demand for the pair to succeed has never been greater.
Lionel Messi was supposed to be the final piece of PSG’s expensively assembled jigsaw, but the Barcelona legend has yet to light up the Parc des Princes since arriving in August.
Without a goal or assist for his new club and out recently with a knee knock, the Argentine is back in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad and will be aiming to get off the mark for the Parisians.
Meanwhile, City warmed up for today’s trip by beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Of course, had Pep Guardiola’s side managed that in Porto in May, they’d be facing PSG as European champions.
As it is, this trophy continues to allude the Citizens and, with Guardiola’s contract up in 2023, you wonder how many more opportunities there will be.
Ilkay Gundogan has been ruled out, but otherwise the Spanish coach has much the same squad to select from that dismantled PSG in two Champions League semi-finals last term – with the added bonus of Britain’s most expensive footballer, Jack Grealish.
Kick-off in the French capital is scheduled for 8pm with the confirmation of tonight’s two starting line-ups due imminently.