On the eve of PSG’s entry into the Champions League, there is no lack of food for thought for Mauricio Pochettino.
The first concerns the goalkeeper position where Keylor Navas is now in the balance.
As a result of the arrival of Gianluigi Donnarumma during the summer, the Italian goalkeeper had his first start on Saturday against Clermont.
On the right side, Achraf Hakimi is indisputable.
And it is the same in central defense of Marquinhos.
Despite a small alert in the ankle, Presnel Kimpembe should officiate at his side.
Uncertainty hangs in the left lane where Nuno Mendes hopes to settle quickly.
But Abdou Diallo has given some guarantees in recent months.
In the middle of the field, where Idrissa Gueye will be suspended, Ander Herrera could start the meeting.
Consequence of the blow to the knee received by Marco Verratti with Italy.
Leandro Paredes is also expected to be in line.
As is Georginio Wijnaldum.
At the forefront, Lionel Messi should experience his first tenure.
And therefore find Neymar.
And to be associated with Kylian Mbappé, for the first steps of the MMN.
A referee who will not bring back good memories to Kylian Mbappé and Presnel Kimpembe …
Ruthless with Clermont (4-0), Saturday, PSG now hopes to continue in the Champions League where the vice-champions of France will launch their European campaign in Bruges on Tuesday. A match refereed by one of the new faces of the whistle, the Swiss Sandro Schärer.
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At 33, the young Helvetian will only referee his third Champions League match after two group stage matches last season, including the FC Barcelona-Ferencvaros match.
However, Sandro Schärer is no stranger to French football. In February 2018, during a Caen-Rennes match (2-2), he had indeed been the first referee to officiate in Ligue 1. And ten days ago, it was the same Sandro Schärer who was at the whistle during the Blues’ match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. An encounter during which he had ruled out Jules Koundé at the start of the second period.
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