With its large workforce, PSG can compose two teams: one in the field, the other in the infirmary. The problem is not always the best that is available and against Monaco this Friday evening (9 p.m.), Paris will still be deprived of Verratti, Icardi or even Bernat in addition to Kehrer, Gueye and Draxler. The first two could appear in the group on Tuesday for the reception of Leipzig in the Champions League but we will not have to wait for miracles. Better to concentrate on the able-bodied for this double sequence of which one conditions the other a little.
It is never the right time to lose but at the time of its fate on borrowed time in the European Cup, PSG must reassure the Principality, avoid a new injury to get out of its vicious cycle and revive the living forces, in recovery phase for the most decisive. Tuesday, against the Germans, Thomas Tuchel’s team will play one of those meetings that the big clubs know by heart, these unbreathable evenings where everything can tip over, serve as a springboard as well as an abyss. This is the most important match of the fall and its preparation begins against Monaco. There is some good news for this appetizer.
Neymar, the big question
The first: Kylian Mbappé will tread the lawn of his thunderous pro debut, after his big convincing half-hour in the selection against Sweden on Tuesday. The world champion seems brand new, ready to set off on new adventures even if he cannot yet guarantee an explosive 90 minutes. Angel Di Maria, who played only 18 minutes in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday with Argentina in Peru, will also start at Louis II, the first French stadium he knew in 2015 when he arrived, with an assist for Ezequiel Lavezzi that night. The huge question concerns Neymar.
For Tuchel, the choice falls to that of Didier Deschamps with Mbappé this week: align him immediately or during the match when the opponent begins to feel the cramps appear. “We want to accelerate today and do a little more. I am confident that he may be able to play for a few minutes on Friday but we have to wait for training and see his reaction, ”detailed the Parisian coach on Thursday, clearly suggesting that he is opting for the second option while the session was interrupted for a while by hail at Camp des Loges.
A Diallo-Kimpembe hinge
The idea is not to put all of your eggs in one basket while Moise Kean is available after being released on November 13 by Italy. Two boys on the wire at kickoff would do a lot; one replacing the other would seem more logical. The Italian, in good shape before his muscle pain and a bruised knee, should fit between Mbappé and Di Maria (or Pablo Sarabia, not selected with Spain) before handing over to the Brazilian star, more or less early depending on the meeting scenario.
Behind, the coach of the capital also has concerns but has more solutions. Layvin Kurzawa remains one of the few holders of the moment not to attend his selection, just like Abdou Diallo, two certain starters. After his two games with Brazil, Marquinhos will breathe and let Presnel Kimpembe do a third outing in less than a week (Portugal, Sweden, Monaco) before observing Leipzig from a lodge as a suspended. On the right, Colin Dagba, sent off last Monday at the hour mark of France-Switzerland Espoirs, will hold his post to rest Alessandro Florenzi, holder and again captain with Squadra Azzura in Bosnia on Wednesday evening. Once the call is over, Tuchel will know who to count on Tuesday for his big leap to a better world.