Champions League: a simple formality for PSG? – Soccer


Winner of Juventus (2-1), last week, Paris Saint-Germain wants to continue its spear against Maccabi Hafa, this Wednesday (9 p.m.), during the second day of the Champions League. A simple formality for the capital club?

Champions League: a simple formality

The Parisians do not want to waste time.

The horizon is clear for Paris Saint-Germain. Co-leader of Ligue 1 with Olympique de Marseille, the capital club continues its European journey by crossing paths with Maccabi Hafa, this Wednesday (9 p.m.), on behalf of the 2nd day. A trip which normally should not pose any problems for the champions of France.

PSG without pity with the little ones

Since its return to the continental scene in 2012, Paris has always ensured against the little ones. Apart from two draws against Anderlecht (1-1), in 2013-2014, and Ludogorets (2-2), in 2016-2017, and while qualification was already assured, the tenfold champion of France never left points on the way in these kinds of matches. Come on, maybe last season Bruges (1-1), for their entry into the competition, before joining the next round very easily without waiting for the result of the last day.

In a group with serious outsiders (Juventus and Benfica), PSG does not intend to make any missteps against the weakest opposition. Admittedly, Maccabi are walking in the league with four successes for their first four outings on the local scene, but the gap with the Neymar band is far too great to hope to create a surprise. Without deserving, Barak Bakhar’s men were never able to hang on against Benfica (2-0 defeat) for their first outing in the event.

Two expected changes

For this match, Christophe Galtier should make two changes. While Keylor Navas and Renato Sanches, injured, miss the call, the Parisian manager will rely on Danilo Pereira in central defense to compensate for the absence of Presnel Kimpembe, the infirmary for six weeks. Nordi Mukiele should be launched instead of Achraf Hakimi in the right lane. For the rest, classic, with the expected presence of the attacking trio formed by Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbapp.

The probable compositions

Maccabi Hafa: Cohen – Batubinsika, Goldberg, Sundgren, Cornud – Haziza, Lavi (c), Mohamed – Chery, Atzili, Pierrot.

Paris SG: Donnarumma – Ramos, Marquinhos (c), Danilo – Mukiele, Vitinha, Verratti, Nuno Mendes – Messi – Neymar, Mbapp.

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