Mauricio Pochettino has chosen to line up the returning Marquinhos from the start in defense, while Marco Verratti will start at this hybrid position of 8/10 advanced on Wednesday (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1), against Manchester City, in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League.
Finalist of the last edition of the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain is at the gates of a new feat that it intends to repeat by eliminating Manchester City in the last four. The first round of this double confrontation will take place at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening (kick-off at 9 p.m., live on RMC Sport 1).
Unprecedented fact, Mauricio Pochettino, forced to juggle the injuries and suspensions of each other since his arrival, can this time count on a whole group. The Argentine technician records in particular the return of the Brazilian Marquinhos, aligned from the start in central defense, alongside Presnel Kimpembe.
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Verratti behind the attackers
Alessandro Florenzi continues after his two tenure in Ligue 1 and regains his position as right side in C1, while on the left, Mitchel Bakker will start. Associated against Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes in the quarter-finals, Leandro Paredes and Idrissa Gueye will form a double pivot in front of the Italian Marco Verratti. The latter will evolve a notch higher on the ground, closer to the attackers. Neymar switches to the left and Angel Di Maria to the right, even if in fact, each of them will be free to move, to combine with Kylian Mbappé.
The French international has been walking on the water since his hat-trick against Barcelona at Camp Nou, with seven goals in six matches, including three doubles, the last in Metz (3-1) on Saturday. For nearly a month, the Parisians have chained victories in Ligue 1 (3), to stay in 2nd place and continue the title race with Lille (1st) and Monaco (3rd). They also managed a walk in the Coupe de France against Angers (5-0), to add to their march another last square (semi-final on May 12 in Montpellier). All the lights are therefore green before a new Everest to conquer.
The composition of PSG
Navas – Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Bakker – Gueye, Paredes – Di Maria, Verratti, Neymar – Mbappé.