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Paris Saint-Germain are playing for their Champions League survival on Tuesday night. The Parisians meet English side Newcastle at the Parc des Princes, a month and a half after the debacle in a boiling St-James Park. Without Marquinhos and Zaire-Emery, PSG still have a chance of winning according to Bernard Lama, the club's long-time goalkeeper.

After the debacle in the first leg in Newcastle's St-James Park (4-1), Paris Saint-Germain wants to take revenge this Tuesday evening at the Parc des Princes (kick-off at 21 p.m.). Second in their Champions League group, Paris have every interest in winning to avoid jeopardising their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.

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Kylian Mbappé's teammates have two defeats in this group stage, against Newcastle and Milan, a first since the arrival of the Qataris. This match against the English is therefore a question of honour, but also of survival in the most prestigious of European competitions, because in the event of defeat, PSG would no longer be masters of their destiny despite a final match scheduled in the boiling Dortmund stadium in 15 days' time.

"I don't see why they can't win," Lama said

The Parisians will play without their usual captain, Marquinhos, and without their nugget Warren Zaire-Emery, injured with the team of France against Gibraltar. That doesn't stop the club's former goalkeeper, Bernard Lama, from being confident. "PSG at their peak is still better than Newcastle today. There is more talent at Paris Saint-Germain, more and more control. Players are free, so I don't see why they can't win this match," the former international told Europe 1.

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Especially as the Parisians continue to shine in Ligue 1: seven wins and a draw in eight matches, 24 goals scored, five conceded. One of the rivals for the title in the France championship, AS Monaco, was swept 5-2 last Friday. Kylian Mbappé is the "Mr. One Goal per Game", with 16 goals in 16 games since the start of the season. Ousmane Dembélé, always unstoppable with the ball at his feet, finally scored for Paris. Caution all the same for the Parisians, Newcastle offered themselves a prestigious victory against Chelsea last weekend.