LIGUE 1 WEEKEND PREVIEW: Paris Saint-Germain is a blunt force in Europe without Neymar … if he doesn’t get minutes at Amiens, this can derail French champions at the top table
- Paris Saint-Germain leaders travel to Amiens in Ligue 1 on Saturday afternoon
- They seem to do this without Neymar, who is still excluded with an injury
- The Brazilian doubts the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund
It may seem like an exaggeration, but it feels like PSG’s Champions League hope can be determined by the line-up when they face Amiens on Saturday afternoon.
Without Neymar last season, they were a blunt force in Europe’s elite club competition. Although much has been done on these shores of the dramatic comeback of Manchester United, PSG’s struggles played an equally important role.
When Thomas Tuchel revealed that the Brazilian had sustained an injury on the weekend of his birthday, there were concerns that he would be absent for the real test of the French champions season – the games against Borussia Dortmund.
Neymar is a doubt about the clash with Amiens and the Champions League draw against Dortmund
Tuchel had hinted that Amiens would be a good opportunity for Neymar to return for next week’s collision, and noted before they played Dijon in the middle of the week: “He doesn’t need play time to be ready against Dortmund.
“He must play when he is ready to play. We have to calculate the risk. There is another possibility to play against Amiens (on Saturday).
“Neymar is injured, we have to be patient and careful with him.”
Well then, if Neymar would be available for two games in the spin to find his feet again after the rib injury.
After the mustard performance in which PSG defeated Dijon 6-1, Tuchel raised doubts that Neymar was not only available for Amiens, but also for the Dortmund collision.
He admitted: “I can’t say he will play 100 percent against Borussia Dortmund.
Thomas Tuchel gave a pessimistic view when discussing the Brazilian hope for play
‘We will discuss and decide on Friday the last possible time to do this. We cannot risk his fitness. “
Tuchel added: “We are not going to take risks against Amiens, it is clear. We will have a strong team, but if we have small doubts, we will not take any risks. “
PSG is now faced with a situation in which, if Neymar does not play on Saturday, they do not know whether their most crucial man will be ready for their most crucial game.
And don’t hesitate – the 28-year-old is important for their hope. He has 11 goals in his last 11 games and has played a major role in pulling PSG away from the rest of Ligue 1.
PSG will be desperate to avoid another European nightmare like last season
In the last two seasons, he has missed crucial Champions League tires. He stood in the stands – and looked shocked at the time – when United won in the Parc des Princes last year.
The previous season he missed the second leg against Real Madrid when PSG tried to reverse a deficit from the first collision. They didn’t do this.
It tells you that Neymar is crucial to their hope for progress. And if he is not involved with Amiens and does not have the time to build up to competition level, that hope will be somewhat reduced.
Elsewhere in Ligue 1 …
Monaco will try to keep their good shape when they host Montpellier. They have the option to overhaul their opponents after two consecutive wins.
Another team with a hot streak in it Nimes will try to drag Angers in the relegation battle by beating them Saturday. Nimes won three during the spin while trying to climb out of the drop zone, while Angers lost three during the jump.
Nantes and Metz will both try to grab crucial points if they try to stop flirting with the drop itself. Nantes in particular has to win without winning after four games.
Bordeaux can edge to European places when they record it Dijon on Saturday evening and we hope to win a match that is only one point above the bottom three.
The last match of Saturday sees basement side Toulouse Welcome Nice, in which Toulouse lost their last two games after the short interruption of a scoreless draw, a series of 12 straight defeats in all competitions stopped.
Lyon will hope to recover from a series of three league games without a win on Sunday if they host Strasbourg, while Reims take on Rennes.
The highlight of Sunday’s promotion is in second place Marseille travel to Lille, who are fourth and still insist on the Champions League qualification. Brest and Saint Etienne also faced with.