PSG vs. Paris FC projected XI now available!
Club football is back and PSG will hit the ground this Friday to face fellow Parisians from Paris FC at Camps des Loges in a mid-season friendly kicking off at 11:30 in the morning.
With the World Cup nearly completed and the domestic competitions around Europe getting back slowly but surely, it's time for the biggest of clubs to start gearing up for the return of the club-level action.
PSG has two friendlies scheduled this and next week, starting Friday as they will host Paris FC at Camp des Loges for the first game before Ligue 1 restarts in fewer than two weeks.
With a handful of Paris Saint-Germain players involved in the World Cup and called up by their nations, coach Christophe Galtier will have to field a group of players most casual fans might not be too accustomed to watching on a weekly basis.
It's been reported that PSG is not in a hurry to bring their international players back nor to force-feed them minutes early, so this is a crucial moment for the reserves and some youngsters to step up and prove their worth.
PSG won't have many international players available for their first few games of the second half of the season
With Gianluigi Donnarumma and fellow Italian Marco Verratti having returned to the capital this week, they are definitely ruled out for the starting lineup. It will be Sergio Rico under the goalposts on Friday.
Sergio Ramos, Juan Bernat, and Nordi Mukiele are the highest-profile players available for Galtier on the defensive line. None of them went to Qatar with Spain (the first two) nor France (the latter) so they should start this game without any fitness problems.
The remaining center-back position, considering all of the international absentees and recently returned players, is most probably going to be handed to a youngster. El Chadille Bitshiabu should be in the best position to get the nod.
Two phenomenal players are available in midfield with the presence of Renato Sanches and Fabian Ruiz, two truly experienced performers. They will be joined by über-prospect and next-great-Parisian Zaire-Emery.
Expect Verratti to make a late cameo if only to get into the rhythm of competition, the same as will probably happen with Gigio entering the pitch in the second half to man the Parisian goal at Camp des Loges for a few minutes.
The forward line, deprived of the spectacular trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Lionel Messi, will be full of young bloods including summer-signee Hugo Ekitike and young teamers Ismael Gharbi and Ilyes Housni.
With Carlos Soler and Pablo Sarabia not yet training with PSG and outside of the matchday squad, all three young lads should see plenty of minutes against Paris FC.