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Man City, PSG' quests for European glory

dpadpa 5/04/2016 Bob Bensch

Manchester City and PSG will go head to head, looking to advance in Europe when they meet in soccer's Champions League last eight.

Backed by owners with deep pockets, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain look to take the next step when they meet in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The two face off in the first leg on Wednesday in Paris but, unlike most of the established sides still in the competition, their success is relatively new.

Since being taken over by Middle Eastern royalty, the clubs have become two of the richest in the world with combined revenues of 943.5 million euros ($A1.41 billion) last season, according to professional services company Deloitte.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed and the Abu Dhabi United Group have spent freely to bring in Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne among others since buying City in 2008.

That's resulted in two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and this season's League Cup.

PSG's rise has been more rapid with Qatari Sports Investments spending millions spent on the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Motta, Angel di Maria and Davis Luiz since 2011, leading to a fourth straight Ligue 1 title this season.

Neither has tasted success in Europe though, with City in the last eight for the first time and PSG going out at this stage the past three years.

Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart are likely, along with midfielder Yaya Toure, to miss Wednesday's game through injury.

City could be boosted by the return of De Bruyne, who scored on the weekend in his first action after three months out with a knee injury.

"He is a very important player," City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. "Before he was injured he was coming up with good performances and was one of our top scorers, as well as playing very well.

"His return, and that of Samir Nasri, will give us a lot of important things. When you have all your important players together, it makes a difference."

Inconsistency has left City fourth in the Premier League, a position unfamiliar to them in recent times.

PSG, meanwhile, faced little challenge in Ligue 1 and clinched the title with eight games remaining.

Nasri admits his team will be underdogs but was quick to add PSG aren't unbeatable.

"Yes, PSG are favourites because we have many injuries, unfortunately we will not have a full squad," he told French sports paper L'Equipe.

"PSG also have the experience of playing the quarters.

"Barcelona could become champions here. But this is PSG, not Barca."

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