Second day in Faro, and another step taken by Kylian Mbappé. Due to the strong heat that reigns in the south of Portugal, where they have been on training since Saturday, the Parisians trained at 6 p.m. on Sunday. An informative session. After resuming the race this week in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and touching the ball on Saturday, the Ligue 1 top scorer participated in the opposition with the rest of his teammates on Sunday, as reported by various media on the spot. Not the whole session, and with the substitutes.
But this is a new positive sign for the former Monegasque. From there to imagine starting next Wednesday (9 p.m.), against Atalanta Bergamo, in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, there is only one step… that the Parisian staff does not seem ready to take. According to RMC , "no risk" will be taken. No question of mortgaging his chances of appearing for the rest of the competition, if there should be a follow-up. And the most ambitious hypothesis still remains to count only on a possible entry during the game on Wednesday, in Lisbon. Recall that Mbappé injured his ankle on July 24, in the final of the Coupe de France, against ASSE (1-0). The club initially counted on "about three weeks" of absence.
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For the rest, RMC , L'Equipe and Le Parisien report that PSG trained in 4-3-3, the pattern used against OL in the Coupe de la Ligue final (0-0 ap, 6 -5 tab) and which should be renewed on Wednesday, due to the absences of Angel Di Maria (suspended) and Mbappé.
Ander Herrera rather than Léo Pareres?
It remains to be seen who will take the place of Marco Verratti (calf), who remained in Paris and also announced forfeit. Leo Paredes? The Argentina international had been aligned at the expense of the Italian against Saint-Etienne. Except that it is… Ander Herrera who was associated with Idrissa Gueye and Marquinhos in the middle trio on Sunday. Any indication for Atalanta? Embarrassed by physical glitches in recent days or weeks, Mauro Icardi, Thilo Kehrer and Juan Bernat, they trained normally. They should a priori be able to hold their place in the starting XI.
"I'm sure we did our best to get to Wednesday, launches Thomas Tuchel, questioned by the club media. Was that the best preparation for a match like this, no. The best thing is to play a match like that in April, in May, with all the ability, the confidence and the pace of Ligue 1. It's not like that… Now we have prepared this match physically. and mentally. I think we are ready to fight for 90 minutes. ” Even more if affinities, since there will be no return match in this "Final 8".
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