On the eve of PSG’s entry into the Champions League, there is no lack of food for thought for Mauricio Pochettino.
The first concerns the goalkeeper position where Keylor Navas is now in the balance.
As a result of the arrival of Gianluigi Donnarumma during the summer, the Italian goalkeeper had his first start on Saturday against Clermont.
On the right side, Achraf Hakimi is indisputable.
And it is the same in central defense of Marquinhos.
Despite a small alert in the ankle, Presnel Kimpembe should officiate at his side.
Uncertainty hangs in the left lane where Nuno Mendes hopes to settle quickly.
But Abdou Diallo has given some guarantees in recent months.
In the middle of the field, where Idrissa Gueye will be suspended, Ander Herrera could start the meeting.
Consequence of the blow to the knee received by Marco Verratti with Italy.
Leandro Paredes is also expected to be in line.
As is Georginio Wijnaldum.
At the forefront, Lionel Messi should experience his first tenure.
And therefore find Neymar.
And to be associated with Kylian Mbappé, for the first steps of the MMN.
Landed this summer at PSG, Achraf Hakimi could have escaped the club in the capital.
It was one of the top priorities for recruiting the PSG. So much so that the leaders of the club in the capital, determined to strengthen the right corridor of Parisian defense, did not hesitate to pay some 60 million euros to snatch it from theInter Milan.
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Most Achraf Hakimi could have had a completely different trajectory. This is evidenced by the words of Mauricio Pochettino made to the UEFA website. ” Achraf is a young player whom I was already following when I was at Tottenham. We were about to bring him to Spurs, but then he went to play for Dortmund, he explained. He is very tough, his physical potential is enormous. He is young, he still has to mature at the defensive level, but he brings a lot in attack. »
And there is no doubt that if the Moroccan international had joined Spurs, it would have been very difficult for PSG to recruit him.