As a result of the probable absence of Marco Verratti, a surprise guest could start PSG’s first meeting in the Champions League this season.
D-1 for the PSG. And on the eve of the kickoff of the capital club’s European season, several uncertainties remain concerning the eleven that Mauricio Pochettino will align in Bruges, the scene of this first match of the Red and Blue in the Champions League. They obviously do not concern the outposts where, in the absence of Angel Di Maria, suspended, it is certain that Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé will be lined up at kick-off in a classic 4-3-3.
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The main uncertainty is in the midfield. Blame it on the absence of Idrissa Gueye, also suspended, and Marco Verratti, insufficiently recovered from the blow received on the knee with Italy. If Ander Herrera, who has appeared very fit since the start of the season, should be aligned, like Georginio Wijnaldum, two players would be in the balance for the sentry position: Leandro Paredes and Danilo Pereira, who could shake up the usual hierarchy and dismiss the Argentinian on the bench.
In defense, Mauricio Pochettino should not reserve any surprises and trust the Presnel Kimpembe-Marquinhos tandem in central defense and Achraf Hakimi and Abdou Diallo on the sides, Nuno Mendes having to settle for a substitute place. Finally, in goals, despite his tenure against Clermont, Gianluigi Donnarumma should step aside in favor of Keylor Navas.
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