Paris Saint-Germain predicted lineup vs Auxerre

November 12, 2022


League-leading Paris Saint-Germain welcome promoted Auxerre to the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1 on Sunday lunchtime.

PSG have a formidable home record without any caveats but have been particularly imperious against freshly promoted foes. Les Parisiens haven’t lost at home to a side that spent the previous year in Ligue 2 since Montpellier emerged from the capital with a 3-1 win back in 2010. Claude Makelele was in PSG’s midfield that day.

Here’s the XI Christophe Galtier may deploy in a bid to avoid that distant failing.

Neymar Jr

Neymar has either scored or created 20 Ligue 1 goals this season, more than he managed across the entirety of the previous campaign (19) / Xavier Laine/GettyImages

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma – PSG’s custodian has been forced into more saves than he perhaps expected this season (41) but isn’t sentimental about his shot-stopping. “My favourite save is always the next one,” he insisted.

CB: Sergio Ramos – This will be the first World Cup since 2002 to be conducted without Spain’s record cap holder.

CB: Marquinhos – PSG’s skipper admits that he views Ramos as an “inspiration”, particularly “the desire, the rage he has on the field”. Although, presumably not all of Ramos’ infamous rage.

CB: Danilo Pereira – The Guinea Bissau-born Portugal international has played football in Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and now France.

RWB: Achraf Hakimi – When Real Madrid invited the seven-year-old to join their youth team with a letter in the post, Hakimi couldn’t believe it, literally. “I honestly thought that it was a lie and that my father was pulling my leg,” he remembered.

CM: Vitinha – The Portuguese midfielder hasn’t lost a league match at his club’s home ground since making a cameo appearance for Wolves in a 4-0 loss to Burnley in April 2021.

CM: Marco Verratti – One of the few PSG players not on their way to Qatar, Verratti will have a month to mull over Italy’s World Cup qualification failure.

LWB: Nuno Mendes – The former Sporting CP defender has scored more goals this season (two) than he had in his entire senior career (one).

AM: Neymar – According to Galtier, this is “the best Neymar we have ever seen at PSG”.

ST: Lionel Messi – The French sports daily L’Équipe awarded Messi four or below in their match ratings on ten occasions in Ligue 1 last season. There has been little cause for such scores given his electric form this term.

ST: Kylian Mbappe – The French starlet considers basketball icon LeBron James as a role model and sounding board for business interests off the pitch.