Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are unbeaten in the new Ligue 1 season as they hit the road to take on Nantes on Saturday. The French champions beat Toulouse 3-0 in midweek with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Juan Bernat getting on the scoresheet.
They have looked nearly unstoppable so far this season with a 1-1 draw against AS Monaco last weekend (August 28) the only anomaly. Christophe Galtier’s men beat Nantes 4-0 in the Trophee des Champions final on July 31.
But it’s worth noting that Nantes have managed to beat PSG twice in their last three meetings in all competitions. Paris Saint-Germain have a couple of injury concerns but fans will be excited to see whether or not the new signings will feature this weekend.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at how PSG could line up against Nantes.
PSG Goalkeeper – Gianluigi Donnarumma Right centre-back – Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos has been getting a steady run of games under his belt this new season and he seems to be settling in nicely so far. His ball-playing abilities have proven to be quite useful for PSG.
Centre-back – Marquinhos Left centre-back – Danilo Pereira
Presnel Kimpembe ruled out due to injury, Galtier is likely to go with Danilo Pereira on the left side of the defense as he did against Toulouse in midweek. Pereira’s lack of pace could prove to be a problem, but he is usually able to make up for it with his game-reading ability.
Right wing-back – Achraf Hakimi Central midfielder – Vitinha
Vitinha has impressed since arriving from Porto this summer. He has got off to a very good start and has been a solid partner for Marco Verratti in midfield. Vitinha does not shy away from a tackle and is also pretty slick with the ball at his feet and has a pass completion rate of 92.4% in four Ligue 1 appearances so far.
Central midfielder – Marco Verratti Marco Verratti is likely to start here, but he could very well be hooked at half-time so that he can stay fresh for the Champions League game against Juventus on September 7. The Italian midfield maestro has been in great form, orchestrating play and being a tenacious presence in the center of the park.
Left wing-back – Juan Bernat
Juan Bernat came off the bench in midweek to score PSG’s third goal against Toulouse. Nuno Mendes is likely to be rested here, especially after Hakimi was given some much-needed time-off in midweek.
Attacking midfielder – Lionel Messi Lionel Messi is part of the front three but he plays in a slightly retreated role than he did last season. It has worked wonders so far as it helps PSG make the most of Messi’s otherworldly playmaking abilities. He has scored three goals and provided four assists in five appearances so far this season.
Left forward – Neymar Jr.
Neymar Jr. has arguably been Paris Saint-Germain’s best player so far this season. He has looked nigh on unstoppable and has scored seven goals and provided six assists in five appearances across all competitions so far this term.
Right forward – Kylian Mbappe Kylian Mbappe is on fire and has netted five times in four Ligue 1 appearances so far this season. The 23-year-old will look to tap into that rich vein of form as he continues to enjoy the world-class service he receives from behind him.
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