On Tuesday evening, the cracker in the Champions League rises when two absolute giants meet with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. The big question, however, will be whether super-star Lionel Messi can be there.
On the part of the French, of course, they hope that new signing Lionel Messi will play. The Argentine recently had to slow down as he recently suffered a bruised knee.
But current pictures show that the super star is now back on the field and a starting line-up against his ex-coach Pep Guardiola – Messi made 219 games under Pep at Barca – seems quite possible.
Thus the over-storm would be complete.
Idrissa Gueye will be available again for the French. The national player of Senegal had to serve a suspension from the previous season in the first group game of the Parisians. is now back with it.
Juan Bernat, Colin Dagba and Layvin Kurzawa are also options, but none of them for the first team for different reasons. Sergio Ramos, on the other hand, will continue to be absent, as will Marco Verratti.
It is unclear whether Georginio Wijnaldum will find himself on the field from the start, as the new signing from Liverpool has not yet been able to develop a good standing within the team. Together with Gianluigi Donnarumma, he must make himself comfortable on the bench.
The prospective PSG line-up against Manchester City:
Navas – Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo – Paredes, Gueye, Herrera – Messi, Mbappé, Neymar
With the English, however, Ilkay Gündogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko do not threaten to get fit in time. Otherwise, Pep Guardiola can virtually draw on unlimited resources.
Accordingly, Man City will again rely on top newcomers Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez in the attack. Whether Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus or Ferran Torres will take over the position in the “Sturmspitze” is almost completely open.
The expected line-up of ManCity at PSG:
Ederson – Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo – Bernardo Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne – Mahrez, Foden, Grealish