Paris SG: last exit at the Dawn of the challenge against Real
Argentine PSG forward Angel Di Maria after scoring against Marseille in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France on February 28, 2018 at Parc des Princes
To best launch the operation “remontada” against the Real, without Neymar nor the principal holders: the PSG finishes Saturday in Troyes in L1 its series of matches of “preparation” before the importantissime 8th of final return of Champions League against Madrid Tuesday at the Parc des Princes.
Last year, FC Barcelona had launched as a motto “remontada” (recovery, in French) after the slap undergone in Paris (4-0) in the 8th round of the Champions League. To overthrow Madrid at home on Tuesday, PSG decided to launch the hashtag #EnsembleOnVaLeFaire to mobilize all its supporters on social networks.
Before knowing if it will have the same effect, the Parisian club still has a game in Troyes, 18th in L1, to prepare for the most important game of his season and evacuate the last media shake of the incredible soap opera Neymar.
Because between the injury of his N.10, his offense against Real and his operation of a bone fracture on the right foot, the excellent health of the Parisian club on the sports plan, since his disillusionment in Madrid (defeat 3-1). one way), has largely been obscured. And yet, the PSG has lined up three successes of rank, with a double confrontation against Marseille mastered from end to end (win 3-0 each time, in L1 and Coupe de France).
– Di Maria, confirm the positive momentum –
German PSG midfielder Julian Draxler tries a return to Marseille in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France on February 28, 2018 at Parc des Princes
Faced with the loss of his best player, the 222 million euros man who was supposed to lead Paris to the top of Europe and make the difference precisely against the biggest teams on the continent, PSG will want to prove Saturday that recovered from this terrible blow of fate.
With regard to the collective demonstration during the two “clasicos”, and the form displayed by the “ghost” Thiago Motta, and the “substitutes” Lassana Diarra as sentry, Julian Draxler in the middle, and especially Angel Di Maria in the role of blaster, Unai Emery can still count on some good news.
In front of Troyes, the Parisian coach will not be able to put his players at the level of intensity that awaits them Tuesday against the double champion of Europe in title. And he will not have a last opportunity to play together his new trio Mbappé-Cavani-Di Maria attack, the two usual holders being absent from the group that will move in the Aube.
“It’s a match that can give a lot of information about the team and the players individually, then we’ll think about Tuesday’s match, I just want to have the most players available for Tuesday’s match. are not ready because of injuries, we have players to perform against Real, “said the Basque, Friday.
– Without Mbappé –
PSG striker Kylian Mbappé against Marseille in the Coupe de France on February 28, 2018 at Parc des Princes
After his nice double against Marseille (3-0) Wednesday, Angel Di Maria will have the opportunity to confirm his positive momentum. With 12 goals and 9 assists in 14 appearances since January, the Argentinian is in a dazzling form.
“It’s true that it’s good for the confidence of the team and the player,” said his coach. “He can play left or right, it’s good”.
Before knowing if the injury of the nugget Kylian Mbappé, victim of a “blow” to the ankle just before half-time on Wednesday, is important or not, one thing is already acquired: it will remain in “care ” the whole weekend.
Grimacing at halftime, the other rookie star of the summer transfer window (EUR 180 million) is feared a new big blow after the act of Neymar act for the reception of Real, even if his trainer hoped that it is not “not very important”
Defender Marquinhos, victim Sunday “of injury to the left quadriceps” but who resumed Wednesday “a physical work without pain” according to the club, is not part of the group of 18 players, while Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore are on their side spared. The typical team, anyway, is for Tuesday.