French Ligue 1 record 10-time winners Paris Saint Germain are about to enter the most intense and crunch phases of the season as there is all to play for in the upcoming months of Domestic and European football. PSG are aiming to win their 11th French top-flight title and if they win, it will make them the most successful team in Ligue 1.
The capital outfit are currently level with Saint-Etienne with 10 Ligue 1 titles and they are currently 8 points clear at the top. They are also preparing for a much awaited UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie against FC Bayern Munich next week but there is a lot going on domestically as well.
Both the teams have quite a bad blood between them since the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League final after the Bavarians defeated the Parisians in their first UCL final ever.
Christopher Galtier’s side before visiting the Allianz Arena will have away trips to Marseille for French cup round of 16 clash and a Ligue 1 tie with Monaco. PSG’s clash with Marseille holds a lot of significance as they have been bitter rivals since a long time.
It was only last year that the Parisians failed to win the French Cup after winning it 6 years in a row. They also have a decent record against Marseille – winning 10 of their last 11 meetings but PSG will be tested in a 65,000 capacity Velodrome Stadium.
The Paris outfit struggled a little bit in domestic football last month. In Ligue 1, PSG played 6 games in January – won only 2, drew 1 and lost 2 as well. Their only 2 victories came recently against Toulouse and Montpellier.
Messi goal vs Tolouse
WHAT A GOALL!!!!
THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME! 🐐 pic.twitter.com/kEEHyG2nRH
— CR7 (@LE6IO) February 4, 2023
They are without star France striker Kylian Mbappe through a thigh injury and it will also keep him away against Bayern in the 1st leg.
Kylian Mbappe leaves the field due to some injury!
No problem for Paris they have Messi 🐐🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/Z1zM333Ann
— Mision Champions ™ (@MisionChampions) February 1, 2023
Kylian Mbappé left Montpellier last night, limping following an injury, which saw him withdrawn after just 21 minutes into the match.@PSG_English host @FCBayernEN in the @ChampionsLeague in less that two weeks.pic.twitter.com/5WgtjEpI7U
— H/F (@hfworld_) February 2, 2023
But the good news is that Neymar has returned from minor injury and with Mbappe out of contention, Messi is expected to be the main player for PSG in the coming weeks.
“I ask the team to play for Leo and to do the work for him. We need to free him up from doing certain tasks. His teammates are going to have to put in twice as much effort when it comes to winning the ball back and in terms of movement so he can play the kind of passes in tight spaces that are so rare in football these days.” – said Christoph Galtier.