Paris Saint-Germain is going head to head with OGC Nice starting on 31 Jan 2022 at 20:15 UTC at Parc des Princes stadium, Paris city, France. The match is a part of the Coupe de France.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has been boosted ahead of Wednesday’s friendly clash with OGC Nice at Stade de la Mediterranee in Beziers thanks to the return of the French champions’ first FIFA World Cup representatives. Following the 4-2 defeat to RasenBallsport Leipzig last week, Le President will be grateful that he will have greater flexibility to try a new approach.
Per PSG.fr’s report on Monday, the Italian triumvirate of Salvatore Sirigu, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta reported for duty at the club’s Ooredoo training centre. Despite suggestions to the contrary from RMC Sport (in French), Uruguayan Edinson Cavani is actually not expected back in the French capital until Friday.
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Les Parisiens’ French contingent of Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye and Lucas Digne will also link up with their teammates on the same day, per the same PSG.fr report from Monday. The squad fly to Asia for the last leg of their pre-season preparations and the Trophee des Champions in Beijing.
With that clarified, PSG boss Blanc will be looking to slowly integrate his World Cup stars back into the team before perhaps changing the Ligue 1 titleholders’ style completely when Cavani joins the group in Asia.
Back in May, Blanc spoke with Le Parisien () and suggested that he would be willing to experiment with El Matador’s role. The Frenchman could try one or two new things with the team while they are in Asia and Cavani is with the squad, but until then he has to concentrate on the players he has at his disposal.
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In the absence of Brazilian pair Thiago Silva and David Luiz, PSG’s central-defensive partnership of Marquinhos and Zoumana Camara has looked shaky to say the least. That is in no small part down to the latter’s lack of football over the past two seasons, but there are few other options for Blanc to consider at this time.
NAME: Paris Saint-Germain – OGC Nice
DATE: 31 Jan 2022
TIME: 20:15 UTC
VENUE: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
The duo will likely remain in place, but the question is who will play on either side of them. Christophe Jallet has played both on the left and right side of the back four in the early pre-season matches, but his positioning depends on Gregory van der Wiel’s fitness.
So far this summer, the Dutchman has not featured once. Although he is back in training with the squad, it is unclear whether or not he is ready to play. With that in mind, it seems reasonable that Presnel Kimpembe—one of PSG’s academy youngsters that featured against Leipzig last week—keeps his place after an encouraging display in Germany.
Salvatore Sirigu should replace Nicolas Douchez in goal, even if only for one half of the match in Beziers.