Neymar is all set to make his long anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday as they travel to North-West of France to face EA Guingamp.
18,000 people will be watching inside the Stade de Roudourou and millions more around the world to watch Neymar – the most expensive player in the world – commence his new career path and set out on his “new challenge” at PSG.
The Brazilian’s transfer has taken longer than expected to officially come through as La Liga attempted to hinder his move as long as possible, but earlier this week PSG finally received his international transfer certificate and yesterday the €222 million man was officially announced in the 20 man squad for the away trip to Guingamp.
All eye’s may be on Neymar but focus must remain on the job at hand for PSG and it may not be a walk in the park against stern Guingamp side. They finished a respectable 10th last season, beating Les Parisiens 2-1 in front of their home support in the process last December, and got off to a fine start on the opening weekend at Metz.
Elsewhere, many people’s tip to challenge for the Ligue 1 title once again this season, Nice, were beaten for the second time in two weeks at home to newly promoted Troyes, whilst Marseille and Lyon kept up their 100% starts to the season with wins on Saturday afternoon. PSG must too retain their perfect start and Unai Emery will not want to repeat his last trip to Guingamp in the league, and neither will Nasser Al-Khelaifi, with millions more in attendance ready to watch Neymar kick start his Paris Saint-Germain career this evening.
Neymar’s inclusion in the squad takes up all the pre-match attention of course but the return of Thomas Meunier should not go unrecognized either. The Belgian full back has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this weekend but personally I find it hard to believe he will leave Paris this summer and he can play a key role from right-back, along with Dani Alves this season.
On the downside, Julian Draxler misses out because of fitness concerns whilst the fate of Lucas Moura and Serge Aurier still remains up in the air as they too miss the cut. Hatem Ben Arfa, Jese Rodriquez and Grzegorz Krychowiak also look certain to leave by the end of the month and, once again, are left out.
Predicted Starting XI
(4-3-3) Areola; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa; Motta, Verratti, Rabiot; Di Maria, Cavani, Neymar
Subs: Trapp, Kimpembe, Meunier, Matuidi, Nkunku, Pastore, Guedes
Guingamp 0-2 PSG