Two weeks ahead of previous seasons, the Champions League is already back on Tuesday, September 6 (9 p.m.). Before Marseille enter the competition the next day on the lawn of the English Tottenham, PSG welcomes a big name in European football, Juventus Turin.
On paper, the Parisians of Christophe Galtier seem to have the advantage over the Italians of Massimo Allegri. In view of the respective performances of the weekend – very sluggish draw for Juventus (1-1) at Fiorentina, easy victory for PSG in Nantes (0-3) -, the status of favorite of the champions of France has further strengthened.
For his baptism of fire at the Parc des Princes, in the queen competition, Galtier displays a logical serenity, nourished by the content of the start of the season. « Yes, we’ve had a good run, we’ve scored goals (23 in 6 L1 games for 4 conceded, editor’s note). But concerning the Champions League, obviously it’s another level. We know it will be a different match. Juventus Turin have been used to playing the Champions League for years. We can’t expect an easy gameit will be a very committed match”.
Paris in full
Leader of Ligue 1 after five successes and a draw, winner of the Champions Trophy against Nantes (4-0), Paris also presents itself with a full squad. The only question was about Vitinha. She was lifted Sunday September 4 by reassuring examinations on the knee of the Portuguese rookie. Galtier also allowed himself to leave Neymar on the bench at kick-off in Nantes, and to take out Kylian Mbappé in the 62nd.
Juventus really can’t say the same: to the already recorded packages of Paul Pogba and Federico Chiesa was added on Monday September 5 that of Angel Di Maria. Another former Parisian, Adrien Rabiot is uncertain while Leandro Paredes could start. 4th in the last Italian championship, the Old Lady is undefeated this season in five matches but has already conceded a draw three times (7 goals scored, 2 conceded).