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We can upset PSG - Hyypia

17 February 2014 17:13

Bayer Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia believes his side can cause an upset against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.

Leverkusen host the big-spending Ligue 1 leaders on Tuesday in the first leg of their last-16 clash in Europe's premier club competition.

Hyypia's men sit second in the Bundesliga but are in poor form, having lost five of their last seven competitive matches – including a DFP-Pokal quarter-final exit against second-tier side Kaiserslautern.

The former Liverpool defender saw plenty of positive signs in Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Schalke though, and feels they could spring a surprise, despite admitting PSG were heavy favourites.

"PSG has invested a lot of money," Hyypia said on Monday.

"They are favourites, we are outsiders. But I think we have a chance against them.

"If we play like (we did on) Saturday against Schalke, we can make life very difficult (for PSG). We had so many opportunities."

With eight goals in five group stage matches, PSG's star man is undoubtedly Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

But Hyypia knows the French champions have quality throughout their side.

"We should not focus only on 'Ibra'," he added.

"(But) he is an excellent player, one of the best in the world. Everyone talks about him.

"He can score amazing goals. You can have a perfect match in defence and not prevent him from scoring. But all their players are good."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
18 February 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 3
Full-time
0 - 4
On aggregate
1 - 6
Venue
BayArena (Leverkusen)
Attendance
29412

Goals

0 - 1
3' B. Matuidi
 (assist by M. Verratti)
0 - 2
0 - 3
42' Z. Ibrahimovic
 (assist by B. Matuidi)
0 - 4
88' Y. Cabaye
 (assist by Lucas)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
20 48'
14 15'
5 38' 59'
21
6
18
8
27 58'
11
7
Coach: S. Hyypiä
# Player Bookings
30
13
17
2
23
14 3' 4'
8
24
29
10 39' 42'
22
Coach: L. Blanc

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
3
19
4
13
15
17
22
# Player Bookings
4 88'
27
1
5
7
21
25

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23:59
23:23
23:13
23:00
22:09
21:27
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20:51
20:02
19:44
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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 15 +19 34
2 14 +18 30
3 14 +16 27
4 14 +3 24
5 15 +2 24
6 14 +1 23
7 14 +2 22
8 14 +1 20
9 14 +0 20
10 14 -7 19
11 14 -2 18
12 14 -3 18
13 14 -2 17
14 13 -3 16
15 14 -6 14
16 14 -2 13
17 14 -6 13
18 13 -10 13
19 14 -15 12
20 14 -6 11

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