PSG chase seventh straight win

Publish on 30/10/2020 at 11:42 - D. CROSSAN


Ligue 1 Uber Eats leaders Paris Saint-Germain head to Nantes on Saturday evening aiming to extend their winning league run to seven matches.


Kick-off at 20:00 GMT on Saturday

Moise Kean backed up his first Ligu1 goals in last weekend's 4-0 win over Dijon by scoring another double on Wednesday evening as PSG won 2-0 at Basaksehir in the Champions League. With Argentinian forward Mauro Icardi not far away from a return, PSG have options in attack, even if Neymar went off with a thigh injury in midweek.

Icardi, nearly recovered from a knee problem, told DAZN: "I quickly adapted to the squad and my team-mates. Last season was a bit of a transitional year as my wife continued to live in Italy with the children going to school there. We didn't know whether I'd stay in Paris as I was only on loan. It took a year, but this year we decided to move everything to Paris and start a new life here. I'm very happy and I've integrated really well. There's a united squad in the dressing room."

Icardi scored 12 goals in 20 league matches last season and managed two in four games at the start of this campaign before being injured. Throughout his time at the capital club, there have been comments about Icardi being purely a scorer and not contributing too much to play in general.

Icardi: "My game has always been like that"

He commented: "In Italy, I was criticised a lot because people felt I didn't touch the ball very much. To be honest, my game has always been like that: stay in the shadows before striking when the moment is right. Today, with the quality of my team-mates, we often have possession and I think I always need to be ready in the box when the time comes. In Italy, it's very tactical and it's more or less the same thing in Ligue 1. Teams often defend deep and it's difficult to score. You have to find the right time to score."

Nantes have been beaten in 16 of their last 17 Ligue 1 matches against PSG, although Les Canaris did win 3-2 at home in April 2019. PSG's visit marks a return to action for Nantes after their scheduled Round 8 clash at Lens was postponed. Captain Abdoulaye Touré said: "When you talk about PSG you think about Neymar and Mbappé. Mbappé will of course take over if Neymar's not there. They are all very dangerous. They are the best team in the league and have quality players in every position. We'll need to be careful and play to our strengths."

Gourcuff: "Ambitious but realistic"

Coach Christian Gourcuff added: "We are ambitious but realistic. Paris had a difficult start to the season after a very special close-season, especially with the Final 8 of the Champions League in August. For the new league season, that wasn't the best thing for them and that explains why they had disappointing results at the start of the season. After that, they have got themselves going again and are on a long winning run. It's clear that they have practically two teams in order to be able to perform well in Ligue 1 and in the Champions League."

Probable Teams:

Nantes: Lafont; Appiah, Abeid, Castelletto, Traoré; Touré, Louza; Coco, Blas, Simon; Kolo Muani

Paris Saint-Germain: Navas; Dagba, Kehrer, Kimpembe, Bakker; Herrera, Gueye, Rafinha; Sarabia, Kean, Mbappé