Julian Draxler

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Lille

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up in Sunday night’s Ligue 1 clash with Lille. Runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain will travel to second-placed Lille on Sunday night knowing that a draw would be enough to secure the title with serious room to space. As it stands, PSG are 20 points clear of Lille with a game in hand, meaning that only a miracle of some sort will prevent Thomas Tuchel‘s side from landing the title once again. The French champions were held at home by Strasbourg last weekend as they missed the chance to wrap up the championship, but they will have another opportunity on Sunday night. Tuchel’s team will face Rennes in the Coupe de France final later this month, but with no Champions League football, PSG’s strongest availa...

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...

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

Sports Mole provides the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Paris Saint-Germain’s home Ligue 1 fixture against Marseille. Paris Saint-Germain will look to continue their surge towards the Ligue 1 title when they welcome fourth-placed Marseille to the French capital on Sunday night. Thomas Tuchel‘s side currently boast an incredible 17-point lead over second-placed Lille in France’s top flight, still with a game in hand, having won 24 of their 27 league matches this term. Paris Saint-Germain © Reuters PSG have been far too good for the rest of Ligue 1 this term. Indeed, 24 wins and just one defeat from their 27 matches has left them top of the table, some 17 points ahead of second-placed Lille with a game in hand. Not only are Tuchel’s team comfortabl...

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...

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 ...

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