Suara.com – Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Luis Enrique admitted that his team’s crushing defeat at home to Newcastle United with a score of 1-4 in the Champions League early last October still feels very bitter for his troops to this day.
PSG also has the opportunity to get revenge when Kylian Mbappe and his friends take turns hosting Newcastle in matchday 5 of Group F of the 2023/2024 Champions League at the Parc des Princes, Paris, France, Wednesday (29/11) early this morning at 03:00 WIB.
Competition in this hell group itself is still very tight. Ahead of matchday 5, PSG is still in second place in Group F standings with 6 points from four matches, behind Borussia Dortmund (7 points) at the top of the standings.
Meanwhile, Newcastle is currently in the bottom position with 4 points, just below AC Milan in third place (5 points).
Entertaining Newcastle in Paris, Luis Enrique also has high hopes for the Parc des Princes public to fully support PSG in their efforts to make Newcastle miserable.
“The defeat at Newcastle still hurts all of us to this day. We want to avenge it. We want to win, and hopefully we, with the help of the supporters, can make our opponents feel what we felt in England last October,” said Enrique as reported by Tribal Football, Tuesday .
“Parc des Princes will take us. I expect an extraordinary atmosphere. We really need it,” continued the former Barcelona and Spanish national team coach.
“We need a more enthusiastic crowd than usual and we will treat this match like a final,” stressed the tactician.
“At this level, home games are key. Our fans are a special asset for us and we expect extraordinary support. The stronger the relationship between players and fans, the easier everything will be, especially in difficult moments.”
Group F is the only group in the 2023/2024 Champions League where the four contestants are only separated by one point each in each standings.
All teams still have a chance to qualify for the last 16, therefore this group deserves to be labeled the group of death.
Enrique believes that against Newcastle, victory is a fixed price that his team must achieve to qualify for the knockout rounds.
“We are in a difficult and tight group, and tomorrow’s match is key because the group can be determined after the fifth matchday,” said Enrique.
“Everything can also be resolved in the last round of matches, but I know my team is ready for tomorrow and that we can do big things,” said the 53-year-old coach.