Le Classique implosion
PSG’s season has started in less than ideal fashion. Two defeats in their opening two matches have left the Paris-based club in disarray.
Adding insult to injury, their derby to Marseille on Sunday night was marred by 5 red cards. Neymar, Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes were all given their marching orders, handing Thomas Tuchel further selection problems.
After seeing his side ravaged by positive COVID-19 diagnoses, losing more players to suspension could prove disastrous.
The injury-time Classique melee has also led to accusations of racism by Neymar. The Brazilian levelled the allegations at Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez. PSG hav esince reiterated their support for Neymar. They “strongly support” the forward, and will back their most-expensive signing regardless of what is set to follow.
Despite this, though, PSG will be without Neymar and his aforementioned colleagues when they face Metz in their third Ligue 1 fixture on Wednesday night, as the capital giants attempt to pick up their first points of the season.
Icardi & Marquinhos in contention
Thomas Tuchel confirmed in a press conference today that both Mauro Icardi and Marquinhos will return to full training, after previously testing positive for COVID-19.
The returning Icardi affords Tuchel the luxury of being able to call upon a natural striker, something he was unable to do over the weekend – which led to a front three of Pablo Sarabia, Angel di Maria and Neymar being deployed against Marseille.
A usually dominant PSG were limited to just 4 shots on target in Le Classique. They will therefore no doubt hope that Icardi can provide a much needed element of clinical focus.
Returning Brazilian defender-turned-midfielder Marquinhos will attempt to quell any threat from Ligue 1 minnow Metz. However, what would generally be considered a routine outing for Les Parisiens now has greater pressure.
Metz are also without a win in their opening two fixtures, but sit one place above the French champions.
#Tuchel: « retour de #Marquinhos à l’entraînement. Peut être qu’il jouera demain. Il poursuivra sa préparation sur le terrain. Icardi aussi a l’entraînement. Florenzi et Mbappé out. » #PSGOM @Europe1 #Europe1 pic.twitter.com/bEAuoLylSv
— Julien Froment (@JulienFroment) September 15, 2020
PSG remain without Kylian Mbappe due to a positive COVID-19 test. Alessandro Florenzi is also ineligible, with his signing for the French outfit having come after the original date of the rearranged Metz matchup.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.