The weeks international break is over and Paris Saint Germain have regrouped and are looking to beat a struggling Nantes team, but with one eye on the clash in midweek with Arsenal in the Champions League group stage.
Cast your memory back to May on the final game of the Ligue 1 last season and you’ll remember that Paris Saint Germain played Nantes off the park in a 4-0 win that consequently finalised Paris’ sixth Ligue 1 title. Winning the league with an incredible 31 point gap ahead of second place Lyon. A game memorable for the might Zlatan’s Parc Des Princes farewell. He scored a brace which bagged him an incredible feat of 38 goals in that single season.
But how times have changed since then. Ibrahimovic left for Manchester and that firm grip Paris had on the rest of the league has loosened considerably. Recent good form has improved the feel around the club greatly, but Paris still lay in third three points behind Nice and level on points with Monaco.
Nantes too haven’t made an impressive start to the season. They lay two points off the relegation zone and are looking to climb up to the middle of the table before the threat of relegation becomes increasingly real.
Squad Rotation will be a clear objective on Saturday afternoon for boss Unai Emery. Paris have got a crucial Champions League match that will possibly decide the final outcome of the group against Arsenal. Rabiot is out of the squad with an injury picked up on international duty and is likely to miss the trip to Arsenal in midweek too. Kurzawa is also doubtful and Unai Emery has announced he is not wiling to risk the fitness of Alphonse Areola, so Trapp will retain his string spot in goal.
Predicted Starting XI
(4-3-3) Trapp; Aurier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Motta, Verratti, Matuidi; Lucas, Cavani, Di Maria
Subs: Descamps, Meunier, Kimpembe, Krychowiak, Ben Arfa, Pastore, Jese
PSG 3-0 Nantes