The little music of the Champions League is back at the Parc des Princes. After conceding its first defeat in Ligue 1 in this same venue against Nice (2-3), last Friday, PSG is approaching its first big European meeting with the reception of Dortmund this Tuesday evening (9 p.m., Canal + and RMC Sports 1). A match that will be missed by Presnel Kimpembe (Achilles tendon), Nuno Mendes (thigh) and Marco Asensio (foot), as will Layvin Kurzawa, Cher Ndour and Hugo Ekitike who do not appear on the list of players registered to play in the competition this season.
In terms of good news, Luis Enrique can count on the return to training of several elements. Kang-in Lee recovered from his left thigh injury and remained with the team before being released to participate in the Asian Games (September 19-October 8) with South Korea. Fabian Ruiz, victim of a minor injury to his left thigh during the international break, is also feeling better. He will be able to take his place on the bench against the Germans. As for Nordi Mukiele, he is gradually regaining his sensations after a long period of unavailability caused by a hamstring injury last spring.
“All matches are going to be a final”
These returns will not, however, upset the intentions of the Parisian coach who should follow the classic approach when putting together his team. Having only returned from selection on Thursday, Marquinhos will find a starting place. It’s less certain for Manuel Ugarte, injured in an ankle against Nice and uncertain. The Parisian number 4 felt new discomfort in training. On the PSG side, we are playing the optimism card and if the player should a priori hold his place, the staff is giving themselves time and prefers not to take any risks, a decision will be taken Tuesday morning as to his tenure. “Every match is going to be a final for us in this group stage. All points will be important. Playing against teams like Dortmund will put us in the swing of things right away,” the Brazilian captain announced at a press conference. He should be associated with Milan Skriniar in central defense while Ugarte will, if available, be supported by Vitinha and the young Warren Zaire-Emery in midfield.
In front, to accompany Kylian Mbappé and Ousmane Dembélé, the last place will be played out between Gonçalo Ramos and Randal Kolo Muani, with an advantage nonetheless for the Frenchman, author of a decisive pass against the Aiglons. While the former Benfica scorer is struggling to convince for the moment, “RKM” could take the opportunity to experience his first tenure with the Parisian club.
The probable composition of PSG
Donnarumma – Hakimi, Marquinhos (cap.), Skriniar, L. Hernandez – Zaire-Emery, Ugarte (or Danilo), Vitinha – Dembélé, Kolo Muani, Mbappe.