The money time. Tuesday in Manchester, Paris SG plays a large part of its season. Defeated at home in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League by the Citizens of Pep Guardiola (1-2), the capital club is on an unfavorable waiver. The reigning French champions nevertheless retain chances of qualification. But with which eleven?
“We must first see the state of the players. Then the eleven, the strategy, will be based on the players ready. We have been there for 4 months, we have played almost 30 matches, the schedule is crazy. We always think of things in the preparation of matches, but we will see until the last moment, anything can happen. We line up the team we think is the best to win, even if we can’t always win ”, explained Mauricio Pochettino after the victory against RC Lens on Saturday night (2-1, 35th day of Ligue 1).
Optimism for Mbappé, different role for Verratti
Rather vague, the Argentine was nevertheless optimistic about the presence of Kylian Mbappé, one of his No. 1 offensive weapons, on the Skyblues lawn next week. “I’m optimistic for Kylian, I think he can do it. Today (Saturday), it is better, we will see, I hope it will be there », he said while the 2018 world champion was not in the group for the reception of the Sang-et-Or. The Parisian technician then mentioned the absence of Idrissa Gueye for this big meeting, after his red received on the way there. And one option seems to emerge in his mind: to bring Marco Verratti down a notch.
“It’s a possible option. We will see on the starting line-up, in relation to the balance between attack and defense, the compatibility between all the pieces, for the good of the team.. But this is one of the alternatives ”*, he concluded. For the rest, it is rather vague. If Abdou Diallo, who played the whole match against Lens, has a head start over his competitors on the left, that Colin Dagba’s injury this Saturday leaves the field open to Alessandro Florenzi on the right, there are still some areas of shadows on the Parisian starting lineup at City. The next few hours will tell us more …