Lionel Messi’s PSG will start their title defense in Ligue 1 by visiting Clermont: time, TV and formations

PSG begins the defense of the title after starting the season with the Trophee des Champions (REUTERS / Ammar Awad) (AMMAR AWAD /)

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After Lyon’s 2-1 victory against Ajaccio, the first day of Ligue 1 continues with two commitments. The highlight of the day will take place at the Stade Gabriel Montpiedwhere Clermont will host the current champion of the tournament: Lionel Messi and company’s Paris Saint Germain. From 4:00 p.m., with television from ESPN.

the visit, which started the season on the right foot by beating Nantes 4-0 in the final of the Tropheé des Championsis in full re-foundation after the landing of Luis Campos as the club’s new football manager and the appointment of Christophe Galtier to replace the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino to put on the technical director diver.

PSG will lose weight within its constellation of stars, since Kylian Mbappé was left out of the call product of an annoyance in both adductors. The striker of the French National Team will undergo tests in the next few hours to verify the degree of the injury. In this way, his vacant place in the offensive will be occupied by Pablo Sarabia, who will be accompanied by Lionel Messi and the Brazilian Neymar.

During the pre-season the new coach used another scheme, where the presence of a line of three defenders stands out (Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe) and Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes as midfielders. The center of the field will be divided between the Italian Marco Verratti and the Portuguese Vitinha (one of the additions) and Gianluigi Donnarumma beat Costa Rican Keylor Navas to be the starting goalkeeper.

The team from the French capital is also looking to reduce its squad and made a list of expendables, which were left out of the squad list: Ander Herrera, Kurzawa, Julian Draxler, Rafinha, Thilo Kehrer, Georginio Wijnaldum (he ended up in Rome). Nor do Idrissa Guaye (close to Everton) and Mauro Icardi appear (the European press speculates that he was sidelined for this game due to some personal problems).

In addition to Wijnaldum, PSG sold goalkeepers Alphonse Areola (West Ham) and Marcin Bulka (Nice) and released Ángel Di María (signed with Juventus). In return, he executed the purchase option on Nuno Mendes, bought the passes of midfielders Vitinha and Renato Sanches and obtained the loan of striker Hugo Ekitiké.

Clermont, for its part, has a completely different budget than its rival. Last season he participated for the first time in his history in the highest category of French football and his main objective will be permanence, something that he achieved in the previous tournament in a long-suffering way when he finished in 17th place.

Likely formations:

Clermont: Mory Diaw; Alidu Seidu, Mateusz Wieteska, Florent Ogier, Neto Borges; Maxime Gonalons, Johan Gastien; Jim Allevinah, Saîf-Eddine Khaoui, Elbasan Rashani; Komnen Andric. DT: Pascal Gastian.

PSG: Gianluigi Donnarumma; Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe; Achraf Hakimi, Marco Verratti, Vitinha, Nuno Mendes; Lionel Messi, Pablo Sarabia and Neymar. DT: Christophe Galtier.

Stadium: Stade Gabriel Montpied

Hour: 16

Television: ESPN

Positions table:


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