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Paris Saint-Germain will make the short trip to Spain to face Valencia in the first leg of the knockout round of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
Valencia manager Ernesto Valverde is lucky to have a near full squad to make his selection from when of Ligue 1 leader Paris Saint-Germain travels to the Mestalla.
Reports indicate that Valverde will have Joao Pereira, Victor Ruiz and Diego Alves avaialbe for the match, given that all three of them came off the bench during their 1-0 victory in league play against Celta Vigo over the weekend.
For Carlo Ancelotti and PSG, they will have to overcome a few key absences for the match if they are to hope for a positive result.
Thiago Silva and Thiago Motta will both be out for the match as they recover from their respective injuries.
On a positive note, Ancelotti will have Blaise Matuidi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Christophe Jallet and Ezequiel Lavezzi well rested for the match, since all four players were on the bench in Friday's 3-1 win over Bastia.
Rumors have begun to swirl regarding the future of Ancelotti with the club after several local reports stated that the Italian manager would be replaced over the summer.
"Depending on where we finish, I have an extra year on my contract if, at the end of the season, PSG are in the top three of Ligue 1 and we qualify for the Champions League," Ancelotti told L'Equipe.
"I want to stay. But I know that at the end of the season, the club will decide if they are happy or not with my work. We will take stock at the end of the season, and if the club are happy, and me too, we will continue," he added.
Newly acquired David Beckham will travel with the team to the Mestalla to support his new club, but is not expected to feature. It is rumored that he will make his first start against Olympique de Marseille in two weeks.
Kick-off for the match is at 2:45 ET and can be watched online here.