In the final season of the "old" Champions League format, an intriguing clash emerges as Paris Saint-Germain faces Real Sociedad in a draw that highlights financial backing against youth academy strength. Real Sociedad, led by lifelong contributor Imanol Alguacil, will meet Les Bleu et Rouges for the first time in their history. On the other side, PSG, managed by Luis Enrique Fernández, presents a formidable challenge, despite being only a few months older than the club itself.
The spotlight on PSG's financial might and star player Kylian Mbappé contrasts with Real Sociedad's recent success in the group stage, particularly against Inter Milan. This signals Real Sociedad's competitiveness against high-profile opponents. The tie's narrative reveals PSG's uncertainties in the recent group stage, facing challenges until the 59th minute, while Real Sociedad demonstrated resilience with a solid draw against Inter Milan.
Luis Enrique, familiar with the challenges at Anoeta, returns to a place where he experienced mixed results during his playing career. This backdrop sets the stage for an intriguing Champions League encounter, blending financial strength and academy prowess in a unique clash before the tournament's imminent format overhaul.