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Fresh from her headline-grabbing Lionel Messi purchase, Paris St. Germain need to get back to the core of winning soccer games when they compete against each other Strasbourg in the Parc des Princes on Saturday.
It may turn out to be too early for the new Parisian hero to take to the pitch, but PSG have plenty of other superstars in their ranks looking to score two out of two wins as they beat Strasbourg, currently the bottom of Ligue 1 is to line up.
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Messi is just one of PSG’s many stellar signings this summer as they look to recapture the title after their Qatari owners see it as a shame to lose to a smaller club.
One of these new signings was immediately felt at the start of the season – € 60m (£ 50.1m) right-back Achraf Hakimi unleash a powerful equalizer after surprisingly falling behind against Troyes.
Mauro Icardi added a second two minutes later and PSG held on for a 2-1 win, but there’s a lot more of a team waiting for big names like that Neymar return and settle in with other newcomers.
It’s important to the manager Mauricio Pochettino to get this campaign off the ground quickly after a relatively disappointing start to his time in Paris.
While there may have been cutlery in the form of the Coupe de France, missing Lille on the final day of the match and losing 4-1 to Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals won’t keep up with the board members’ ambitions.
Strasbourg, on the other end of the spectrum, meanwhile, are preparing for yet another season battling for survival in Ligue 1.
Since their return to the top division in 2017, Les Coureurs have only finished 10th and, due to a lack of consistency, only reached 15th place last year, just two points before relegation.
However, thanks to the appointment of a new manager, there is new hope Julien Stephan – the 40-year-old comes after an impressive time at Rennes – and new signings like Kevin Gameiro and Karol Fila.
That hope was dashed on the opening weekend after a 2-0 loss to Angers. The guests showed a great performance and scored two of their three shots on goal.
Fans know Strasbourg needs to win games like this, or at least avoid defeat, in order to have a more comfortable year and a trip to the Parc des Princes seems less likely to get their first points of the season.
PSG recorded extensive 4-0 and 4-1 wins in their clashes last season and are unbeaten in their 30 Ligue 1 home games against Strasbourg – a French premier league record for a team at home against a specific opponent .
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Messi said in his press conference that he was “ready to go” but the Argentine has just returned from a break after starring in the Copa America and still needs to do something like pre-season training.
However, he could get a symbolic place on the bench and could be there from his pals Neymar and Angel di Maria – the couple also enjoyed a longer summer break but should be back on the field soon.
Other new recruits Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma Doubts remain about the injury, so the starting XI will remain reasonably familiar for the time being – likely a 4-2-3-1 with Icardi at the top, supported by Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler.
striker Lebo Mothiba appears to be Strasbourg’s only injury doubt so Gameiro – who has returned to La Meinau for a second stint – is likely to take the lead.
Stephen’s usual 4-2-3-1 formation is likely to look more like a 6-3-1 as the midfield drops deep to defend against such strong opponents.
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting line-up:
Navas; Hakimi, Kehrer, Kimpembe, Diallo; Herrera, Danilo, Wijnaldum, Draxler, Mbappe; Icardi
Strasbourg possible starting line-up:
Sels; Caci, Djiku, Sissoko, Fila; Lienard, Bellegarde, Diallo, Thomasson, Waris; Gameiro
Probability: Paris Saint-Germain – Strasbourg 3-0
PSG should have way too much firepower for Strasbourg – even before we see the new ‘MNM’ partnership in all its glory – and visitors would probably be happy if the result remains more respectable than last season.
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