After being postponed earlier last month due to the bad weather, PSG and Monaco are scheduled to meet twice in less then a week. The encounter this weekend would be the first one. It is also the first tough test for Monaco’s newly appointed manager, Robert Moreno. It is surely not an ideal way for him to face off the defending champions, Paris SG, but this could be his chance to show the world that he could lead Kamil Glik and Co to the better days. This clash will be held in Parc Des Princes.
Le Parisien started the New Year convincingly with a goal galore victory against Linas Montlhery in Coupe de France and Saint Etienne in Coupe de La Ligue last week. They hammered the latter one 6-1. The Argentinean international Mauro Icardi bagged a hattrick. The remaining three goals were scored by Neymar, an own goal by St.Etienne’s goalie, Jessy Moulin and Kylian Mbappe.
Meanwhile, Robert Moreno began his reign in Monaco with a 2-1 win over Reims in Coupe de France. Keita Balde netted a brace in this match. This former Spain national team caretaker during the absence of Luis Enrique in Euro 2020 qualifiers is believed to bring new spirit for Monaco after their disappointing and inconsistent form in 2019.
Missing players and probable lineups:
Thomas Tuchel often opts for 4-3-3 for his competitive squad. No wonder that everyone has to strive for a spot in the line-up, including the superstar Neymar and German’s supposedly talented midfielder, Julian Draxler. Luckily, only Abdou Diallo is on the sideline for this match.
PSG: Keylor Navas; Thomas Munier, Thiago Silva, Colin Dagba, Layvin Kurzawa; Marco Verratti, Carlos Paredes, Ander Herrera; Neymar, Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappe.
Meanwhile, during his time in La Furia Roja, Robert Moreno tends to employ 4-3-3. He often opts for physical direct football relying on set pieces and long shots instead of ball possession with creativity. This kind of approach might be deployed for Monaco the rest of the season. For this upcoming match, there are only two names ruled out. They are the reserved players Pietro Pellegri and Willem Geubbles.
Monaco: Benjamin Lecomte; Kamil Glik, Guillermo Maripan, Jemmerson, Fode Ballo-Toure ; Cesc Fabregas, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alexander Golovin; Gelson, Martins, Wissam Ben Yedder, Keita Balde.
Statistically, PSG is the clear dominant side in their head-to-head meetings. They won six times out of the last six encounters. Thomas Tuchel’s men have won nine times in their last ten home games in Ligue 1.
Playing at their home turf certainly put Neymar and Co as the favourite. The only thing which could deny their win is Roberto Moreno’s surprising and unexpected tactical approach. By playing three front men plus supported by three midfielders, their stability and balance between defense and offence could be achieved.
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