Here is finally the trio “MNM’s”! The sumptuous recruitment of PSG will throw its first fires in the competition for the beautiful eyes and the beautiful ears of which he offered himself Lionel Messi, but also Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Nuno Mendes and Sergio Ramos. The last three are not sure of playing (that’s certain for the Spanish defender, not yet ready), but the trio that the football world wants to see evolve are attacking.
For his great Parisian debut, Messi had only played the last half hour in Reims (3-0 victory) at the end of August, and he had replaced Neymar to exchange a few brushstrokes with Mbappé. And for now, the three stars of the City of Light have not yet evolved together. Then the Argentinian and the Brazilian left to compete in the South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, while Mbappé only played the first match with the Blues.
He was embarrassed to a calf, but is much better, evidenced by his 80 minutes against Clermont (4-0) where he scored a goal while explosiveness, well in his style, and greatly contributed to two others.
“Not stay within our 16m”
Mbappé, Neymar, Messi, this first match against the least feared opponent of a strong group, with also Manchester City and RB Leipzig, is the dream opportunity for Mauricio Pochettino to open combinations between his three wonders as Bruges lace. But the Belgian champion does not come to this Brueghel banquet to pass the dishes. “We are not going to stay 90 minutes in our 16 meters, the goal is still to score” goals “, promises coach Philippe Clément.
For its third participation in a row, Club Bruges has more assets than the team torpedoed two years ago by PSG, 5-0 at Jan-Breydel, with a hat-trick from Mbappé, who had resisted better at the Parc des Princes (1-0). The Belgian club have a few other assets, such as its Ukrainian international defender Eduard Sobol or Kevin De Bruyne’s replacement for the Red Devils, Hans Vanaken. Galactic PSG will also meet one of its former “Titis”, Stanley Nsoki, trained at the club before going to win playing time in Nice (2019-2021) then in Bruges.
Navas or Donnarumma?
In the Parisian goals, it will be necessary to watch who of Keylor Navas or Gianluigi Donnarumma plays, to know a little more about the “war of the goals” that Julius Caesar Pochettino has not yet decided, at least not publicly.
The Costa Rican played the first four games, the Italian played against Clermont, who will have the hand this Wednesday?
For the rest of the team, Angel Di Maria is suspended for three games, after his red in the semi-final second leg against Manchester City in the semi-final last season (2-1, 2-0), and Gana Gueye is suspended for this trip.
As Marco Verratti is absent for another ten days due to knee pain, Mauricio Pochettino still has a slight headache to build his midfield.
The Argentinian still has a lot of marbles in his bag with the return of Leandro Parades, delivered like Messi and Neymar from transatlantic trips for the World Cup qualifiers, the great form of Ander Herrera, double scorer against Clermont (4-0 ) on Saturday world champion Julian Draxler and Champions League winner Wijnaldum.
A royal choice, around a princely trio. Bruges, also famous for its refined chocolates, delights in the idea of tasting the trio “MNM’s”.