Dani Alves

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...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Rennes

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up in Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash with Rennes. Paris Saint-Germain will be looking for their 18th Ligue 1 victory of the season when they welcome Rennes to the French capital on Sunday night. PSG have won 17 and drawn two of their 19 league matches this season to open up a 13-point advantage at the summit, even with two games in hand over the teams around them. Thomas Tuchel‘s team will also enter this weekend’s match off the back of a 2-0 win over Strasbourg in the Coupe de France on Wednesday night. Here, Sports Mole has taken a look at how the French champions could line up when they take to the field against Rennes at Parc des Princes. Out: Lassana Diarra (knee), Marco Verratti (ankle), Neymar (foot) Neymar is facing ...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Bordeaux

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Bordeaux this weekend. Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to make it 15 wins from 15 Ligue 1 matches this season when they travel to Bordeaux on Sunday night. PSG have incredibly collected 42 points from their 14 league matches this season, and sit 15 points ahead of nearest challenges Lyon. The French champions will also enter this weekend’s game off the back of a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League. Bordeaux, meanwhile, have won four, drawn five and lost five of their 14 matches to sit in 12th position on 17 points. Here, Sports Mole looks at how runaway leaders PSG could line up at the Matmut Atlantique. Out: NoneDoubtful: None Dani Alves continued his recovery from a serious knee injury...

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

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s crucial Champions League Group C showdown between PSG and Liverpool, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Just one point separates the top three teams in Champions League Group C heading into matchday five, meaning that it is all to play for when Paris Saint-Germain host Liverpool at the Parc des Princes. Wednesday’s match could be make or break for both teams, with Liverpool potentially sealing their place in the last 16 with a win while defeat for PSG could see them eliminated from the competition with a game to spare. PSG © Reuters It seems inconceivable that a team enjoying such unprecedented domestic dominance could be potentially just 90 minutes away from Champions League elimination in the group stages, but that is t...

Dani Alves: ‘I will play in Premier League’

Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves says that he is desperate to play in the Premier League before hanging up his boots. Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves has revealed that he is desperate to play in the Premier League before hanging up his boots. Alves has previously been linked with moves to both Chelsea and Manchester City, but is believed to have rejected the latter in the summer of 2017 to join PSG from Juventus. The Brazilian will be 36 towards the end of this season, but has claimed that “it is not possible” that he will retire from professional football having not played in the Premier League. “The idea that I might finish my career without going to the Premier League, it is not possible,” Alves told The Telegraph. “For sure, this is the most...

Guardiola’s success at Manchester City came as no surprise to Dani Alves

Pep Guardiola’s “magical touch” with players and methodical preparations meant his success at Manchester City came as no surprise to former Barcelona defender Dani Alves. The Premier League champions raised the bar last season, amassing a record points tally of 100, which was 19 clear of nearest rivals Manchester United, scoring more than a century of goals along the way. City host United on Sunday looking to lay down another marker, having followed up the trashing of Southampton by taking a step towards the last 16 of the Champions League with 6-0 victory over ShakhtarDonetsk on Wednesday night. Pep Guardiola’s management style saw him form a close bond with his Barcelona players (Sean Dempsey/PA) Alves was part of Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona team who secured the LaLiga title thr...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Marseille

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up when they travel to Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday night. Paris Saint-Germain will look to continue their perfect start to the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season when they travel to Marseille on Sunday night. PSG were held by Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday, but have a 100% record in the league this term, winning all 10 of their matches. Thomas Tuchel‘s team already have an eight-point cushion over second-placed Lille despite their strong start, and have averaged almost four goals per game in their 10 league fixtures this term. Here, Sports Mole takes a look at how the free-scoring French champions could line up when they make the trip to fifth-placed Marseille this weekend. Out: Dani Alves (knee), Layvin Kurzawa (hernia), Pr...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Amiens

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up in this weekend’s Ligue 1 clash with Amiens. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 19:20 UK Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 19:20 UK Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to extend their perfect start to the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season to 10 matches when they host Amiens on Saturday afternoon. PSG have won each of their nine league fixtures this season to top the table on 27 points, eight points clear of second-placed Lille. The French giants have scored 11 times in their last two fixtures, and will enter this game off the back of a 5-0 win over Lyon before the international break. Amiens, however, have already recorded three league victories this season, and have nothing to lose as they h...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Lyon

Sports Mole looks at how PSG could line up for Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash with Lyon as the champions bid to extend their perfect start to the domestic season. By Barney Corkhill, Assistant EditorFiled: Friday, October 5, 2018 at 18:00 UK Last Updated: Friday, October 5, 2018 at 18:00 UK Paris Saint-Germain could extend their record for the best-ever start to a Ligue 1 season when they host Lyon at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. The defending champions have won eight from eight to already soar eight points clear of the chasing pack, and also got off the mark in the Champions League on Wednesday with a thumping 6-1 win over Red Star Belgrade. Sunday sees them host a Lyon side currently sitting fifth, but unbeaten in six games across all competitions, including an away triumph over Manches...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Nice

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Nice, including a return for Kylian Mbappe as the French champions chase history. By Barney Corkhill, Assistant EditorFiled: Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 13:33 UK Last Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 13:33 UK Paris Saint-Germain could equal an 82-year-old record this Saturday when they take on Nice at the Allianz Riviera. The defending champions have already made their best-ever start to a Ligue 1 season by winning each of their opening seven games, and an eighth this weekend would see them match the best-ever start to a top-flight campaign in France. Olympique Lillois – one of the predecessors of modern-day club Lille – were the last team to win all eight of their opening Ligue 1 fixtures, doing so ...

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