Without Lionel Messi, PSG visit Lyon in the first league game of 2022

Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Nantes – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – November 20, 2021 Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe with coach Mauricio Pochettino REUTERS / Benoit Tessier REFILE – CORRECTING ID

The PSG de Mauricio Pochettino begins 2022 with one of the most entertaining matches in Ligue 1 despite the present that each entity is going through. While the Parisian team is the absolute leader, the Lyon olympic travels a complicated path with only one victory in the last five games played.

In other times the duel would have been a pulse in style, but the thirteenth place of the Lyonnais belies the occasion. However, it will not stop being an exciting duel since there is no doubt that They will fight to try to keep the three points at home and beat the team of stars, in which their maximum reference will be absent again, Lionel Messi.

The captain of the Argentine team, infected with covid-19 during the Christmas holidays, will be low for this Sunday’s meeting, the Parisian club announced this Saturday.

The former Barcelona, ​​who tested negative in recent days after being infected with the virus during the French championship break, “Will follow the individual protocol post covid the next few days”, PSG explained in a statement, deprived of another five positive players in covid-19 (Ángel Di María, Julian Draxler, Danilo Pereira, Layvin Kurzawa and Gianluigi Donnarumma) for this meeting of the 20th date of the championship.

To these absences is also added that of Neymar, who continues with his recovery after the injury he suffered on November 28. Without the South Americans, Kylian Mbappé will be the only member of the galactic trident who will take the field surely accompanied by Mauro Icardi.

The PSG, leaders of the table, will arrive at that game with almost double the points that Lyon (46 against 24), so they will be the clear favorite to take the victory in the Decines-Charpieu stadium.

Those of Pochettino start 2022 with 13 points of advantage over their most direct pursuers, Nice (2nd) and Marseille (3rd) and comes to this meeting with the aim of recovering the path of victory since it comes from drawing in the last league match against Lorient by 1-1. The same happens on the other side, the Lyon of Peter Bosz equalized against Metz and is practically forced to add three to begin to climb positions and fight to enter the positions of European competition areas.


LYON: Anthony Lopes; Damien Da Silva, Jérôme Boateng, Castello Lukeba; Malo Gusto, Thiago Mendes, Maxence Caqueret, Emerson; Lucas Paquetá, Moussa Dembele, Houssem Aouar.

PSG: Keylor Navas; Colin Dagba, Marquinhos o Presnel Kimpembe, Sergio Ramos, Nuno Mendes; Ander Herrera, Nathan Bitumazala, Georginio Wijnaldum; Xavi Simons, Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappé.

HOUR:19:45 GMT (16.45 ARG-URU / 15:45 CHI-PAR-VEN-BOL / 14:45 COL-PER-ECU-MEX)


STADIUM: Groupama Stadium


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