PSG to continue UCL quest

Paris celebrated its sons clashing off in a world cup final. Despite the hype of Qatar 2022 still looming around football, an uncharacteristic world cup break means club football resumes immediately. PSG are welcoming back marquee players back in red-hot form.

With an ideal mix of youth, experience and superstars, the Paris club are favourites among FC Bayern and Manchester City to take home European silverware. However, as has been the case in the past, how PSG deals with expectations is yet to be seen.

PSG were finalists in 2019 under German manager Thomas Tuchel, and they narrowly lost out to a much favoured Bayern side spearheaded by another German in the form of Hansi Flick.

With PSG’s campaign still active in all of their competitions, a sextuple is definitely on the cards for them with the kind of star power they boast. This circumstance has often been their undoing than doing previously.

Their case for European glory is looking more robust than ever; it will be interesting to see how Chris Galtier sets up his contingent as the Parisians gear up for an all-important second half of the season.

 

Pageant at the Parc for Messi’s World Cup win?

When Messi returned to Parc des Princes, PSG players and staff presented him with a guard of honour. Still, Galtier claims that no decision has been made regarding whether the official toasting of his World Cup victory, which saw France defeated in an epic final, will take place in front of a packed stadium.”

The guys at the training facility needed to support him”, he continued. “A party during his next game at the Parc? There is no requirement or need for Leo to be honoured; we’ll see when it’s time for his next game. There is no reason why our supporters shouldn’t rejoice over him, so I dare to hope that they will.”

It is expected there will be mixed feelings from fans with PSG Tickets to a potential reception of the reigning world cup champion captain, given the win came at the expense of France.

 

Injury and suspension watch

After a busy World Cup, Paris Saint-Germain has very few injury issues. However, there are still some snares. Due to injuries, Nuno Mendes and Danilo Pereira left Portugal’s training camp, and despite being selected for Didier Deschamps’ squad, Presnel Kimpembe was completely absent from France’s campaign.

The good news for those with PSG Tickets is that there are no severe injuries on the squad right now. GOAL looks at who has been hurt and how long they might be sidelined.

Before halftime, Nuno Mendes left Portugal’s World Cup game against Uruguay after suffering a muscle ailment. The first mention of it during PSG’s Champions League match against Benfica in early October suggests that Mendes has been displeased with it for some time.

Mendes, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury, will join the first team for 15 days of training, according to Galtier’s announcement on Tuesday. There isn’t much need to hasten Mendes’ rehabilitation because the dependable Juan Bernat is there to provide cover.

In recent months, Presnel Kimpembe has struggled with his fitness. The centre-back suffered a knock in September, which forced him to miss a month of play. The Frenchman was sidelined from the World Cup after suffering hamstring and Achilles tendon injuries in late October. PSG hasn’t spoken anything about Kimpembe’s damage. Despite attending the World Cup final, he hasn’t been in training or signalled that his return is close at hand.

Kimpembe will be sidelined for at least four weeks, the club confirmed. His right Achilles tendonitis requires medical attention. Galtier didn’t give a specific comeback date, but the player won’t be back to full speed for another month. Fans with PSG tickets will hope that Kimpembe is back to his best following the long layoff.

Before breaking a rib in practice, Danilo Pereira was expected to be a mainstay in Portugal’s midfield during the World Cup. He was promptly diagnosed as injured and sent back to France for treatment. But progress has been made rather swiftly, and Pereira has resumed his PSG training without apparent restrictions.

Pereira should be a candidate to play for PSG when they take on Strasbourg on January 28. The midfielder was seen participating fully in training with no apparent restrictions, and he will be required by a PSG team lacking in defence.

Galtier’s central midfielder Renato Sanches hasn’t played a significant role in the team this year, but the manager asserted on Tuesday morning that Sanches might have an impact. It is still being determined how influential his position will be, and we may have to wait a while to find out. Just before Christmas, Sanches injured his thigh during a friendly match against Quevilly-Rouen. Anyone with PSG tickets will be hopeful of a Sanches return.

Sanches appears to have escaped a severe blow, which is terrific news. By the end of the week, he should resume individual training and, soon after, a complete team workout.

 

Transfer watch

Paris Saint-Germain will reportedly attempt to acquire Ousmane Dembele during the summer transfer window, according to the Spanish daily SPORT.

But if Paris wants to sign the French superstar for next summer, they will need to fork over £100 million. The report claims that Chelsea will be required to pay the total price to complete a summer transfer because debt-ridden Barcelona has set a high asking price.

According to Fabrizio Romano of CaughtOffside, uncertain times are in store for fans with PSG tickets as a decision regarding the future of third-choice goalkeeper Sergio Rico has yet to be taken by Paris Saint-Germain.

The Spanish goalkeeper is a target for AC Milan, who have begun speaking with Paris Saint-Germain about a potential loan deal.

Before deciding on Rico’s long-term future at the club, PSG wants to resolve the Keylor Navas dilemma and find him a new home.

According to a Fox Sports rumour (via Paris Fans), Keylor Navas of PSG is wanted by the Mexican team Club América.

Keylor Navas has been demoted to the bench by Christophe Galtier due to the presence of Gianluigi Donnarumma. Given his recent lacklustre efforts, the 36-year-old might still surpass the Italian goalkeeper in the ranks.

Navas might be persuaded to join Club América if his circumstances at the Parc des Princes remain unchanged.

In exciting news for fans with PSG tickets, The Mail claims that Michael Olise, a winger for Palace, is being watched by Paris Saint-Germain. The Ligue 1 powerhouses have designated the player as one to watch for the future, underlining his recent outstanding performances, the article continues.

In the summer of 2021, Olise, then 21 years old, transferred to Palace from Championship team Reading. Since then, he has made 49 appearances for the club, making five goals and dishing out 12 assists.

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