If all the South American internationals will be absent for the arrival of Angers this Friday at the Parc des Princes during the 10th day of Ligue 1, Mauricio Pochettino will however be able to align Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Dutch international midfielder, frustrated at not playing as much as he wants in the Paris eleven, should have the opportunity to show his talent.
Asked by the website of FIFA, the International Federation, the former Liverpool player expressed his admiration and his joy to evolve alongside Lionel Messi and Marco Verratti, whom he literally praised.
“Playing with Messi? Seeing excellence up close is a difficult experience to describe, said Georginio Wijnaldum. He is one of the best players in history. To see him train every day is a real honor. And then as a person, he's really good. Everyone at PSG is very happy to have him in the squad. It really boosted the club. I am very lucky to be his teammate. The Dutchman, who was asked to name the three best players on the planet, then targeted another of his Parisian partners.
“Everyone says Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo because it has been 15 years that they share the status of best player in the world, he continued.
Every year the third player is different.
People immediately think of midfielders and forwards.
But there are also excellent defenders.
Van Dijk is one of them.
Today, I play with Marco Verratti at PSG.
He too is phenomenal.
People do not place him among the very best because his role is not to score goals or give lots of assists.
But what he does day to day in training and in matches is absolutely magnificent.