Beaten at the Parc des Princes last week by Manchester United (1-2), PSG already has no room for error if it wants to hang one of the first two places in its group and reach the eighth of final of the competition.
PSG and Basaksehir had never crossed paths before.
The Turkish club, officially founded in 1990, but bought in 2014, reached for the first time in its history the group stages of the Champions League.
For its second European meeting of the season, Paris is deprived of Julian Draxler (ischios), Mauro Icardi (knee), Leandro Paredes (thigh), Marco Verratti (thigh) and Alexandre Letellier (Covid-19).
Thilo Kehrer and Idrissa Gueye are present.
The meeting takes place against a backdrop of diplomatic tensions between France and Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan having multiplied the provocations against his counterpart Emmanuel Macron, questioning his "mental health" after his positions on radical Islamism and freedom of 'expression.
The calm before the storm
A few minutes from the start of the match, only a handful of Turkish supporters are present in front of the Fatih-Terim stadium.
A speaker that will ring hollow because of the almost closed-door imposed.
Does PSG start favorite?
“I don't see Paris being surprised,” says Pascal Nouma.
For the former PSG and Besiktas striker, the confrontation between Paris and Başakşehir is very unbalanced.
Our interview to read here.
Demba Ba on the bench
Executioner of PSG in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2014 in the Chelsea jersey, the Senegalese international, also a fan of the Parisian club since his childhood, will follow the start of the match from the Turkish bench.
The complete composition.
Günok - Rafael, Skrtel, Epureanu, Bolingoli - Özcan, Topal, Kahveci - Visca (cap.), Crivelli, Türüc.
6:10 pm Thomas Tuchel under pressure.
After a failed start at home against Manchester United (1-2), Paris can not allow itself another misstep in Istanbul tonight.
Except to see the coach, cold with Leonardo, further weaken his position ...
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Marquinhos in the middle
As expected, Thomas Tuchel decided to start his captain in the midfield.
Danilo will form an unprecedented duo with Presnel Kimpembe in central defense.
The complete composition:
Navas - Florenzi, Danilo, Kimpembe, Kurzawa - Di Maria, Herrera, Marquinhos (cap.), Neymar - Kean, Mbappé.
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Başakşehir, this Turkish club presented as Erdogan's toy against PSG
A match under high tension.
The move of PSG to Istanbul comes in the midst of a diplomatic crisis between France and Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also a supporter and one of the architects of the rise of the Basaksehir club in recent years, has indeed increased the attacks against Emmanuel Macron since the latter's statements on freedom of expression and Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
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VIDEO. Başakşehir-PSG: Thomas Tuchel “sad” about the tensions between France and Turkey
Başakşehir-PSG: Thomas Tuchel “sad” about the tensions between France and Turkey