PSG predicted lineup vs Troyes


Paris Saint-Germain return to Ligue 1 action this weekend with a trip to Troyes.

PSG are usually in chaos at the best of times but they have endured a rather awful week even by their own standards.

Angry fans have protested the club’s QSI owners both outside Parc des Princes and the residence of Neymar, while Lionel Messi has been suspended after an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia on a training day.

If they can’t squeak past relegation-threatened Troyes, then rivals Marseille could end the weekend two points behind PSG. No pressure.

Here’s who Christophe Galtier could call upon.

Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi

Kylian Mbappe will feature against Troyes but Lionel Messi won’t / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma – Only ranks third in Ligue 1’s clean sheet standings, two shutouts behind Lens’ Brice Samba and one off Reims’ Yehvann Diouf.

RB: Marquinhos – PSG’s shortage of players in all areas could see their club captain shifted to right-back.

CB: Danilo Pereira – Speaking of players out of position, Danilo must consider himself a natural at centre half at this stage.

CB: Sergio Ramos – Has finally put his injury woes behind him in time to play a starring role in PSG’s downfall.

LB: Juan Bernat – Rival left-back Nuno Mendes is out for the season. There is only one Bernat (no I will never not make this joke).

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CM: Marco Verratti – Perhaps one of the only long-serving players that PSG fans don’t have a lot of grudges against.

CM: Fabian Ruiz – Turns out the Spanish midfielder may have left Napoli last summer at the worst possible time following their famous Scudetto win.

AM: Vitinha – Sporting advisor Luis Campos banked a lot on Vitinha being an instant success in Paris but it just hasn’t work out thus far.

AM: Carlos Soler – Probably PSG’s best Spaniard but the bar is in hell.

CF: Hugo Ekitike – Once courted by most of Europe’s major sides, the young striker has failed to impress in the spotlight. Messi’s suspension should give him a fairer chance to stake his claim moving forward, though.

CF: Kylian Mbappe – It’s almost certain that PSG’s number seven will have to do most of the heavy lifting over the next fortnight.

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