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How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Strasbourg

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up in Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash with Strasbourg. Paris Saint-Germain could clinch the Ligue 1 title this weekend with an incredible eight games to spare. As it stands, PSG are 20 points clear of second-placed Lille with a game in hand. If Lille slip up against Reims on Sunday afternoon then Thomas Tuchel‘s side will land their sixth Ligue 1 title in seven seasons with a win over Strasbourg on Sunday night. PSG have once again had to deal with disappointment in the Champions League, but they booked their spot in the final of the Coupe de France with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Wednesday night. The Paris giants will now be looking to seal another league title with serious room to spare and with that in mind, Sports Mole has taken ...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Nantes

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up in Wednesday’s Coupe de France semi-final with Nantes. Paris Saint-Germain will welcome Nantes to the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France. There will be no Coupe de la Ligue or Champions League title for PSG this term, but Thomas Tuchel‘s side are 20 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 as they close on another crown. The Coupe de France has taken on added importance for the Paris giants this season and they will be desperate to overcome Nantes on Wednesday night. PSG will enter the match off the back of a 1-0 win over Toulouse in the league at the weekend, with Kylian Mbappe grabbing the only goal of the contest in the 74th minute. Here, Sports Mole has taken a look at how PSG co...

PSG make trip to Toulouse with just 14 players

Paris St Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is braced for a tough test at Ligue 1 rivals Toulouse as a string of injuries threaten to undermine his plans. Tuchel’s runaway leaders, 20 points clear at the top, bid for an eighth straight league win on Sunday at Stadium TFC, but will be without half a dozen of their star names. “There are a lot of players missing for this trip to Toulouse,” said Tuchel, who has just 14 outfield players to choose from. “Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Thomas Meunier and Dani Alves are injured, so I only have a reduced squad available. “I have 14 players and two goalkeepers. I have faith in my squad all the same. We’re going to do good things, even if it’s not easy to work with such a diminished squad.&#...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Toulouse

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up in Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash with Toulouse. Paris Saint-Germain will look to continue their charge towards the Ligue 1 title when they travel to Toulouse on Sunday night. PSG currently sit an incredible 20 points clear of second-placed Lille with a game in hand as they sprint their way towards another crown. Domestically, it is shaping up to be another strong campaign as they prepare to face Nantes in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France next week, but the club as a whole will still be thinking about their Champions League elimination to Manchester United. The show must go on, though, and following the international break, Thomas Tuchel‘s side will be looking to put yet another three league points on the board. Here, Spo...

Paris Saint-Germain to axe four players this summer?

Paris Saint-Germain plan to part with Gianluigi Buffon, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves and Julian Draxler this summer, according to a report. Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly preparing to part with Gianluigi Buffon, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves and Julian Draxler in this summer’s transfer window as the French champions plan a clear-out. Buffon, 41, will see his current deal expire this summer, but both parties have the option of an extension. Brazilian pair Silva, 34, and Alves, 35, meanwhile, are out of contract in 2020 and 2019 respectively. According to Don Balon, PSG want to get all three off their books in this summer’s transfer window, while Draxler will also be made available for transfer. The Germany international has contributed five goals and 10 assists in 35 appearances this...

Monchi agrees three-year deal to become Arsenal’s technical director?

A report claims that ex-Roma transfer chief Monchi is heading to Arsenal to become the club’s new technical director on a three-year deal. Monchi has already agreed a three-year deal to become Arsenal‘s new technical director, according to a report. The 50-year-old left his position as Roma‘s sporting director on Friday afternoon by mutual consent, a day on from manager Eusebio Di Francesco being sacked. Having been touted as a target for Arsenal over the past few months, The Sun suggests that Monchi has quickly taken up the Gunners’ offer. Monchi will oversee further backroom changes at the Emirates Stadium, it is claimed, and he joins with the full blessing of boss Unai Emery, who he worked with at Sevilla. Raul Sanllehi has been tasked with overseeing ArsenalR...

Report: Arsenal on brink of appointing Monchi following Roma exit

A report claims that Monchi is close to being appointed as Arsenal’s new sporting director following his exit from Roma. Arsenal are reportedly a step closer to making Monchi their new sporting director after his exit from Roma was confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Italian side released a statement to announce that the 50-year-old has left the club by mutual consent, a day after manager Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked. Roma crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage to Porto in midweek and they are struggling domestically, sitting three points adrift of the top four with 12 games to go. That defeat has brought forward Monchi’s exit, which was planned for the end of the season, and The Independent suggests that his Arsenal appointment could now be imminent. Monchi...

Combined XI: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United

Ahead of the Champions League showdown between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both sides. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United face off once again at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. PSG were 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford on February 12 – the first time the European heavyweights have met in a competitive fixture. United have been in terrific form over the past two-and-a-half months, but they make the trip to the French capital with as many as 10 first-team players absent through injury and suspension, including key man Paul Pogba. The hosts are also expected to be without two star attackers in Neymar and Edinson Cavani, though the l...

Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the Champions League last-16 second leg between PSG and Manchester United. Manchester United have it all to do in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain, as they trail 2-0 from last month’s clash at Old Trafford. Second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe made PSG the first French club to win at the Theatre of Dreams and inflicted United’s biggest ever home European defeat, having never previously been beaten by more than one goal. Paris Saint-Germain © Reuters If Ligue 1 success is a given, with the Parisians once again running away with things at the top of the table, Thomas Tuchel‘s debut campaign at the Parc des Princes will be judged on ...

Result: Pogba sees red as PSG beat Man Utd

Paris Saint-Germain inflict a first defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to put one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain have put one foot into the quarter-finals of the Champions League courtesy of a 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their last-16 clash at Old Trafford this evening. The Ligue 1 leaders switched gear in the second half as quickfire goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe gave the visitors two crucial away goals and a commanding advantage to take back to the Parc des Princes on March 6. The result sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffer his first defeat in his 12th match as United manager, and their misery was compounded late on when Paul Pogba was sent off to ensure that he will miss the return leg in P...

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have roared back to form under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen 10 wins and a draw from his 11 matches at the helm so far. However, that unbeaten start will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG continue their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Gianluigi Buffon will rightly go down as one of the greatest goa...

Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Bordeaux – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Ligue 1 fixture between Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux. Paris Saint-Germain play host to Bordeaux on Saturday afternoon on the back of suffering their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season last weekend. Bordeaux make the trip to Parc des Princes sitting in 12th position in the league standings and 10 points above the relegation zone. Paris Saint-Germain © Reuters The general consensus is that PSG have already got one hand on the Ligue 1 trophy, and it is difficult to disagree with that belief with Thomas Tuchel‘s side holding a 10-point lead with two games in hand. However, last weekend’s defeat to Lyon would have really frustrated Tuchel as the French giants lost their unbeaten record in th...

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