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.


Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos is PSG’s only fit senior centre-back / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

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?


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