Tournament leader, PSG approaches their trip to Clermont with several absentees. For their part, Auvernates also shrunk.
For a month, PSG had been dragging a form of spleen and approached their matches without direction or enthusiasm. Since the painful elimination in the round of 16 of the Champions League, the Parisian club has lost the compass of its season and has to refocus on its lowest goal, to reclaim the national title, which was abandoned last season at Lille. If the affair is in full swing with 12 points ahead of the Marseille runners-up, the Parisian dynamic is off. If PSG shows no sign of weakness at home, it has been nearly two months since they brought back victory from a trip, charging 4 consecutive losses in all competitions, including three in Ligue 1 (in Nantes, Lille and Monaco). Lots of slaps that eroded the statue of the Parisian leader. As if that weren’t enough, the workforce is cracking. Indeed, at least eight players missing this weekend, including captain Marquinhos, will be feverish than at any time since Madrid, but also Draxler, who has had meniscus surgery and has been absent for several weeks, Keylor Navas. Or Angel Di Maria. It is not enough to worry Mauricio Pochettino and his crew who can count on his triple star and above all glowing Kylian Mbappe, who had two and three assists last week against Lorient (5-1).
Justin: ‘We can think of bothering them’
He and his friends Neymar and Messi are a big problem, as confirmed by Pascal Justin. “Put something in place against Mbappe, Messi and Neymar, it’s not easy. I hope we don’t watch them play”, explains Clermont’s coach. However, the latter does not go far undefeated. The technician has carefully studied the latest fallen Parisians and knows it is possible to come and disturb them, provided you come and get them and deny them time. “We know that if we start the match well, we can think of disturbing them a little bit”, he thinks. His team will also have to watch out for the errors that have plagued their recent matches and show team spirit in the absence of several executives from the group (Houtondji, Nsimba, Hamel, Rashani, Allevinah and Abdul Samad). A challenge when you remember that in the first leg, rookie Clermont exploded when he came into the park (0-4), interrupting his good start to the season. “In the first leg (0-4), we put something together except that we made big mistakes. We didn’t do everything necessary to actually score points against them. The context of Saturday’s match is different. The match will be different, we need to take the points.”Justin says. And if three could in order to bring down Saint-Étienne, Lorient had crushed it the day before (2-6) and captured Breton and Troyes. An emergency situation that will make the task even more complicated for Parisians searching for standards and moving forward, a week before OM receives the shock of the Ligue 1 side.
Today’s 31st meeting between Claremont and Paris Saint-Germain will begin at 9 pm, at the Gabriel Monbaid Stadium in Auvergne.
The match between Claremont and Paris Saint-Germain, count 31y Ligue 1 day is broadcast exclusively on Canal + Décalé from 9 pm.
The meeting between Clermont of Pascal Justin and Paris Saint-Germain Mauricio Pochettino will be available to broadcast on the MyCanal platform.
BetClic: Claremont: 7.65 / Fee: 5.50 / PSG: 1.32
Bwin: Clermont: 7.75 / Draw: 5.25/ PSG: 1.31
Winmax: Clermont: 8.75 / fee: 5.80 / PSG: 1.32
Clermont: Djoko – Zidadka, Belong, Ogier (C), Seydoux – Justin, Magnin, Jaoui – Dosso, da Cunha, Payot.
Paris Saint-Germain: Donnarumma – Hakimi, Ramos, Kimpembe (midfield), Nuno Mendes – Danilo, Joey, Verratti – Messi, Neymar, Mbappe.
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