Now out of both the Champions League and the Coupe de France, Paris Saint-Germain can keep their focus on retaining the Ligue 1 title.
Christophe Galtier’s side are eight points clear at the top of the standings and will expect to retain their advantage when they travel to face a struggling Brest side on Saturday, with the boss looking to shake off the cobwebs after the defeat to Bayern Munich.
Here’s how he could set up.
GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma – Donnarumma has come under fire in recent weeks for failing to take the leap expected of him. The Italian has shipped eight goals in his last four league outings.
CB: Danilo Pereira – The injury to Presnel Kimpembe has seen Pereira forced to drop back into defence.
CB: Sergio Ramos – Ramos is the only senior centre-back who is actually fit.
CB: El Chadaille Bitshiabu – The young skyscraper will be forced into the starting lineup after PSG lost both Marquinhos and Nordi Mukiele against Bayern.
RM: Achraf Hakimi – Any hopes to rest Hakimi after his recent return from injury were dashed by the departure of Mukiele.
CM: Warren Zaire-Emery – There’s going to be a rebuild in Paris this summer so it’s time to start focusing on those players who will definitely form part of the future. 17-year-old Zaire-Emery will be a key player in Paris for the next decade.
CM: Marco Verratti – Fresh off an abysmal defensive performance against Bayern, Verratti will be keen to make things right here.
CM: Vitinha – Had his left foot been a little stronger, there’s a chance PSG could still be in the Champions League.
LM: Nuno Mendes – Mendes is another integral part of PSG’s long-term vision, and those in charge clearly already know that.
ST: Kylian Mbappe – Could this be the start of Mbappe’s farewell tour?
ST: Lionel Messi – Similarly, Messi has a massive decision to make at the end of this season. He wants major honours, but can he get them in Paris?