The choice was delicate for Mauricio Pochettino and far from neutral. Finally, true to his logic of questioning at each meeting of the holder of the post of goalkeeper in the Parisian goal, the coach decided to line up Gianluigi Donnarumma to face Manchester City, this Tuesday, 9 p.m., at the Parc des Princes, as announced by RMC and Canal +.
Keylor Navas who played the first match in Bruges (1-1) and was aligned in Metz last Wednesday then against Montpellier on Saturday, will finally take his place on the bench. At 22, it will be the first Champions League match for the Italian goalkeeper, crowned European champion last summer.
This choice is likely to be the subject of much discussion. “We have two great goalkeepers and they adapt to the demands of the staff,” Mauricio Pochettino said at a press conference on Monday. We know that every goalkeeper wants to play. For the moment we are happy. “Many specialists felt that logic should have led to a tenure of Navas, three-time winner of the competition and author of decisive parries during his last outings.
Donnarumma more complete than Navas?
“I would make Navas number one and Donnarumma would be his understudy,” Nicolas Anelka, RMC consultant, told us. I understand that PSG took him because he was free. But the speech must be clear: You come but it is Navas the holder this year. You are there for the future. I hope it was clear otherwise it will not be healthy competition. We don’t treat goalies like outfielders. We need a clear number one ”.
Jérôme Alonzo, the former Parisian goalkeeper, consultant for the L’Equipe channel, stressed that “leaving Navas would be unfair, sportingly speaking”. Nevertheless the former trainer of Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea, Christophe Lollichon, specified: “If you play with a very high block against City, there, you have to play with Donnarumma, that seems obvious to me because he has a more complete register. than Navas ”.
Meanwhile, Pochettino has decided to relaunch midfielder Marco Verratti, who has not played since September 5 when he was hit in the knee in Italy-Switzerland (0-0).
Finally Lionel Messi will find Neymar and Kylian Mbappé after two missed matches (Metz, Montpellier) after his blow received on the left knee during the match against Lyon for which Pochettino had decided to take him out in the 76th minute.
PSG. Donnarumma – Hakimi, Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe, Mendes – Herrera, Gueye, Verratti – Messi, Mbappé, Neymar. Coach: Pochettino.
Manchester City. Ederson – Walker, Laporte, Dias (ch.), Cancelo – Rodri, B. Silva, De Bruyne – Mahrez, Sterling, Grealish. Entraîneur: Guardiola.