If he has appeared for several seasons among the top European scorers, Kylian Mbappé struggles to panic the counters in the Champions League.
The Champions League is back. This Tuesday indeed marked the start of the group stage with already several shocks in the program including FC Barcelona-Bayern Munich, Liverpool-AC Milan or Inter Milan-Real Madrid. For its part, the PSG is entitled to a smooth entry into the matter since before welcoming Manchester City in two weeks, the vice-champions of France have an appointment on the lawn of Bruges. The opportunity for the MMN to enter the scene.
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Reassured about the state of his calf, Kylian Mbappé This will undoubtedly be keen to launch this new European campaign on a good basis, he who, last season, had to wait for the last match of the group stage against Istanbul to open his counter. For the occasion, the former Monegasque had even struck twice, setting the tone for a final phase during which he would notably score a hat-trick on Barça’s lawn and then a double on that of Bayern. A pace to which the Bondynois was clearly not used to. At least since he joined the club in the capital.
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Because if he had scored a double against Borussia Dortmund when he revealed himself at 18 with Monaco, he had so far only a meager treble to his credit with PSG, registered in Bruges despite an entry in play in the second half. What explains that until last season, the Bondynois had never scored more than five goals in one season, accumulating only 13 achievements in three years.
Since his arrival in Paris, his total has therefore risen to 21 goals. Obviously very honest statistics, but a good distance from the finest European triggers. Over the period, Robert Lewandowski scored 33 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo 29 and Lionel Messi 27 and this despite the difficulties of Barça or Juventus Turin. And if Erling Haaland has only 20 goals, the Norwegian has only scored them in two seasons. An unflattering comparison for the Parisian n ° 7 …
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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.
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 guarantees in recent months and should start.
In the middle of the field, where Idrissa Gueye will be suspended, Ander Herrera should start the meeting.
Consequence of the blow to the knee received by Marco Verratti with Italy.
The Portuguese is in balance with Leandro Paredes.
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.