SAGNA WARNS PSG
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has said that the French club PSG need to be warned about the intimidating atmosphere that they will experience at Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.
PSG managed a 3-1 win over the blues the first leg, but they would be unable to overcome the defying noise of the crowd within Stamford Bridge on the night according to Sagna. The Frenchman has been linked with a move to PSG in the summer, as he is out of contract at the end of the season.
He has been playing in England for several years since his move from Auxerre, and there have been rumours that he would favour a return to French football. After the huge riches provided by Qatari owners, PSG have become one of the top clubs in Europe. However, they will be without their striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for this match after the talisman injured his hamstring in the first leg. Sagna says that he has been intimidated with his Arsenal team on several occasions since the fans are very close to the pitch.
They also create a noise that makes them look like there are 80,000 inside the ground while the entire stadium capacity is just over 40,000. Sagna has only recently beaten along with Arsenal 6-0 by the blues at this ground.
"Stamford Bridge is intimidating. The pitch is small and the spectators are very close. There is a lot of intimidation and agitation. You really hear the chants and whistles. There are not many, but they noise is like they were twice as many. The PSG players will need to hear the support of their fans. They will be pressurised immediately and encouragement of their fans will be very important," Sagna said ahead of the second leg match.