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PSG-Monaco preview: 'Messi, Mbappé, Neymar want to play together'

PSG-Monaco preview: 'Messi, Mbappé, Neymar want to play together'

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Publish on 08/23 at 16:59 - S. TELFORD

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Christophe Galtier certainly seems to have gotten a tune out of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr. ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's meeting with AS Monaco at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.

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PSG welcome Monaco to the French capital having made an electric start to the season.

 

Galtier - who used a 4-4-2 formation almost religiously in steering LOSC to the Ligue 1 Uber Eats title at Paris's expense in 2020/21 - has implemented a 3-4-1-2 system to get the best out of Messi, Mbappé and Neymar without leaving the defence exposed.

 

Stellar record

 

The results have been spectacular: three league games played, three won, with 17 goals scored and just three conceded.

 

Neymar was singled out by club president Nasser al-Khelaïfi before the start of the season, but the Brazilian has responded in style, scoring five and assisting six more in just three league games - his five most recent goal contributions coming in last Sunday's 7-1 thrashing of Galtier's former employers, Lille.

 

Watch: Highlights of PSG's 7-1 thrashing of Lille!

 

 

"The dynamic changes when Kylian's there," Galtier explained. "We try to find the best possible balance. Leo, Kylian and Ney played like that last season but in a different tactical set-up.

 

"Tonight, they played for each other, even when the match was almost over, they were chasing things down from the front, with a good understanding between one another. I liked their desire to play together."

 

Unchanged XI?

 

Keylor Navas (back), Julian Draxler and Timothée Pembélé (both knee) remain sidelined, but with no fresh injury concerns Galtier is unlikely to make any changes from the side that thrashed Lille last weekend.

 

Renato Sanches, who scored off the bench against Montpellier Hérault SC in Round 2, is pushing to start in midfield ahead of Vitinha, however.

 

Monaco beat PSG to the title in 2017, but this season has proved to be a mixed back for the principality side, with a win, a draw and a loss - in that order - in the league so far. Philippe Clement's men were also edged out of UEFA Champions League qualifying by PSV Eindhoven.

 

Watch: Highlights of Monaco's's 4-1 defeat to Lens


 

Monaco put in an abject performance last time out, losing 4-1 to RC Lens at the Stade Louis II, with Brazilian right-back Vanderson seeing red 18 minutes from time. New arrivals Breel Embolo and Takumi Minamino were given starts, but Clement is reserving judgement.

 

Clement: 'too easy to point players out'

 

"It's too easy to point to players individually," he said. "Especially since too many players weren't at their best. But I feel good about Mohamed Camara, who hadn't played since June.

 

"Minamino? He lacks confidence because he hasn't scored yet. We also have physical work to do with him, like with Benoît Badiashile, who's coming back from injury and who didn't play his best game."

 

Camara might only get another game from the bench with Youssouf Fofana and Jean Lucas preferred in central midfield, although Aleksandr Golovin could be preferred to Minamino on the left of Monaco's midfield. Myron Boadu us out with a foot injury.

 

Possible teams

 

PSG: Donnarumma; Ramos, Marquinhos, Kimpembe; Hakimi, Vitinha, Verratti, Mendes; Messi; Mbappé, Neymar

 

Monaco: Nubel; Aguilar, Disasi, Badiashile, Jakobs; Diatta, Fofana, Lucas, Golovin; Embolo, Ben Yedder