Lionel Messi will lead the line for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) as manager Christophe Gatlier has named an impressive starting XI to face Clermont Foot in their league opener.
Fans are excited about the lineup and have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on it.
New manager Gatlier has decided to opt for a 3-4-3 formation, with Neymar and Pablo Sarabia alongside Lionel Messi in attack. The Argentine forward is likely to play a false role of nine as the team’s main striker Kylian Mbappe is injured.
Behind them in midfield, Marco Verratti and Vitinha will hold play in midfield, while Nuno Mendes and Achraf Hakimi will take care of the left and right flanks respectively. In defense, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos will hold the fort in front of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The strong starting line-up got Paris fans excited for the game, and they took to Twitter to express their delight at the manager’s choices. Here is a selection of tweets from the faithful of the Parc des Princes:
PSG fans will be waiting for the three points from Lionel Messi and his teammates
PSG should start the season with a bang, with Gatlier taking on his first game in charge at the Parc des Princes. They will have to play without an injured Mbappe, but that shouldn’t matter too much, with Lionel Messi and Neymar in attack.
Although they play away, Clermont Foot are unlikely to pose a major threat to the Ligue 1 winners. However, as underdogs, their dream would be to achieve the unexpected and send the champions to League without a single point.
Last season, the PSG faithful booed their players from the stands after a string of poor performances. Now, with Mauricio Pochettino out of the club, they will expect improvement from Lionel Messi and other players, alongside three points to boot.
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