Everything you need to know before Paris-SG’s trip to Bruges on Wednesday (8:45 p.m.), during the first day of the C1 group stage.
Where to watch Bruges-PSG?
For its first match in this 2021-22 Champions League campaign, PSG has an appointment with Bruges at the Jan-Breydel stadium on Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. A match to follow live on RMC Sport and Canal+. Obviously, this meeting of the first day of the group stage will be to follow live commented on our site with Teddy Vadeevaloo. Remember that PSG will play in Group A and will then face its executioners in the semi-finals last season, City, and Leipzig.
Bruges, a good memory for PSG?
Oh yeah. And especially for Kylian Mbappé, author of a hat-trick on October 22, 2019 on the occasion of the very first duel between the two teams. It was already in the group stage of C1 and PSG had won 5-0. On the return, it was another story: Paris had won too, but thanks to the XXL performance of Keylor Navas in the cages. Success 1-0, with a goal from Mauro Icardi. The latter had scored a double in Belgium. Note that Belgian clubs have often succeeded at PSG: 12 matches, 7 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat.
The entire PSG?
If he recovers his South Americans, including Neymar and Lionel Messi, forfeits against Clermont last weekend (4-0 victory), Mauricio Pochettino will have to do without the services of Marco Verratti and Sergio Ramos in Bruges. Suffering from a contusion to the left knee brought back from the training course with the Italian national team, the first named “must observe a period of care of at least 10 days”. Victim of several physical glitches since his arrival in Paris, the second “resumed his individual preparation on the ground”. He will still wait to make his debut in his new colors. Colin Dagba (recovery), Layvin Kurzawa (adductor injury) and young Ismael Gharbi (adductor) are also out with an injury, while Angel Di Maria and Idrissa Gueye are suspended. Finally, Rafinha and Sergio Rico are not in the list of 25 players for C1. Ditto for Juan Bernat, who is still in recovery anyway.
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What form for the two teams?
Champions of Belgium four times over the last six years, including in 2020 and 2021, Bruges leads the Jupiler League after seven days and remains on a quiet victory against Ostend (3-0). A welcome success to forget the drop suffered before the truce on the ground of La Gantoise (6-1), the only defeat of the club of the Venice of the North in the league this season. Author of a brace last Friday, the young (22) Dutch striker Noa Lang will be one of the main dangers for Marquinhos and company this Wednesday, he who has a record of four goals and four assists. He had also found the net during the Bruges victory in the Belgian Supercup against Genk in mid-July (3-2). The Parisians, them, gave in to Lille at the Champions Trophy (0-1). Since then, they have been very successful in Ligue 1 with five wins in five matches and a place at the top of the standings.
Donnarumma or Navas in Parisian goals?
A question that should remain unanswered until the announcement of the starting lineup this Wednesday evening. Pochettino has so far refused to establish a hierarchy between his goalkeepers. Holder since the start of the season, Keylor Navas, returned late from his internship with Costa Rica, gave way to Gianluigi Donnarumma for the first time last Saturday, against Clermont (4-0). Recall that the latter, European champion with Italy this summer and best player of the Euro, has never yet played in the C1. “San Keylor” has won the Big Ears Cup three times for Real Madrid. The other big question about the eleven will concern the attack, with, perhaps, the big first of the Mbappé-Neymar-Messi trio. To see how “Poche” will articulate its environment without Verratti and Gueye. Recruited this summer, Gini Wijnaldum could be associated with Danilo Pereira, Léo Paredes or Ander Herrera, double scorer on Saturday.
The favorite PSG of the Champions League?
In search of a first coronation in the Champions League that would do as much good for Parisian supporters as in Qatar, the Rouge et Bleu will certainly be among the big favorites of a 2021-22 edition which will end on May 28. 2022, in St. Petersburg. Manchester City and defending champions Chelsea can also harbor great ambitions this season again. Moreover, these two teams undoubtedly have more certainties on the collective level than Paris Saint-Germain. Ditto for Bayern Munich, crowned in 2020. Liverpool, Manchester United of Cristiano Ronaldo or the two clubs of Madrid, Atlético and Real, will also have their say.