Less than two months after Bayern lifted the trophy in Lisbon, the Champions League is back on the scene. The previous campaign was, to put it mildly, disrupted due to the coronary virus pandemic, so the Bavarians, Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon and RB Leipzig found themselves in the end.
They wouldn't mind the Saints' camp reaching the finals, they just want a different epilogue now. The first obstacle to the ultimate goal of the Arabs who gathered around Paris is Manchester United, at the premiere of the 1st round of Group H.
It is one of the derbies of the introductory round, regardless of the fact that both teams do not have important players at their disposal (21.00). Paris Saint-Germain is crippled by injuries before the duel with the Red Devils, but they are also a big favorite, which of course speaks more about the quality and game of the englandgiant.
The match will definitely be missed by Mauro Icardi, Juan Bernat, Tilo Kehrer, Marco Veratti and Leonardo Paredes, while uncertainty reigns around Marquinhos and Draxler. However, there are enough players in the home team who are able to make a difference on the field, such as Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe ...
PSG, however, will not see the return of Edinson Cavani, who, by the decision of Ole Gunnar Solskjer, was not on the plane to the City of Light. The Uruguayan left an indelible mark as the best scorer in the history of PSG, but he only recently started training and is not in combination.
In addition to Matador, United will not be able to count on the former captain Harry Maguire, then Baily, Greenwood, Jones and Lingaard. The Devils managed to come back to life after the debacle from Tottenham (1: 6), by defeating Newcastle on St.
James Park (4: 1) on the wings of the new leader Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford. "We're a little exhausted, but we have more than enough players. I hope the absent players won't be out for a long time. Edinson needs a few more days of training.
I hope Harry, Eric and Mason are fit soon, but in I’m not sure about that, ”Solskjer said. United remember well the last visit to Paris, since then they achieved one of the biggest European victories (3: 1) since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson from the club and in a phenomenal way reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League after 0: 2 at the Theater of Dreams.
Manchester now has the opportunity to become the first team to beat the Saints twice away in the Champions League, although there is no doubt that it would be very satisfied with the point won.