Angel Di Maria enjoying Champions League action at 'home ground'

Angel Di Maria enjoying Champions League action at 'home ground'

Paris St Germain's Angel Di Maria has said he is revelling in playing the Champions League at "home ground" in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The 32-year-old spent three seasons at Portuguese side  Benfica, whose grounds UEFA are using to stage the Champions League finals, before joining Manchester United. The Argentine also lead Real Madrid to an emphatic victory in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid at the same grounds. 

Di Maria was instrumental as the Parisians outclassed RB Leipzig in the semi-finals to set up a meeting with Bayern Munich.

Di Maria was man of the match in that clash and now has the perfect stage to help PSG realise their ambition of winning Europe’s most-coveted club crown for the first time.

“When they changed the venue to Lisbon, I had a strange feeling in my body that reminded me of the old times when I lived here for three years and how happy I was in Lisbon during those years,” Di Maria told UEFA’s website.

“To be able to get to a final and make history with a club like Paris — reaching their first final — and because I won it in 2014 with Real Madrid in the same stadium...

“And to also have the chance to play the quarters and semis at the Estadio da Luz, as well as the final... It’s been a great combination for me, it’s felt really great.”

PSG manager Thomas Tuchel has shown a lot of faith in Di Maria and has been rewarded. But he will need another big performance from the Argentine to help them ruffle a Bayern side who obliterated Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-finals.

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