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Three games played in Ligue 1 and three resounding victories is what PSG boasts of Messi, Neymar and Mbappé. The most striking thing about the case is the scandalous figure of 17 goals scored that they have. The scoring chart is headed, in descending order, by the Brazilian, Neymar (5), the French, Mbappé (4) and the Argentine, Messi (3).
Monaco, on the other hand, cannot tell the same story: although they won their first Ligue 1 game 2-1 against Strasbourg, they drew 1-1 with Stade Rennais and lost 4-1 to modest Lens in his most recent game. Bad time for Philippe Clement's men to face a hungry beast like Paris Saint-Germain.
Having just won their sixth Ligue 1 title in Troyes last week, PSG will be keen to continue that momentum against Monaco in the French capital on Sunday.
Between the end of the season, Blanc's side have few test matches at Le Championnat, and their encounter with the principality's men is one of the few matches that may require the newly crowned champions to come out of the second go.
It's true that the Monegasques' recent form hasn't been great, with four draws in their last five league games, but Jardim and his players will still be itching to rain on PSG's parade at the Parc des Princes as they look add four points to your collection.
The Parisians now know that their opponent in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals is Manchester City, so Blanc can start putting his plans in place to get his key men fit for both games against them. English Premier League team. However, pitting a weakened side against Monaco is probably not part of the president's mind and the hosts are likely to be near maxed out in Paris on Sunday night to celebrate their latest title with a win in front of their adoring supporters.
The Monaco team hasn't won at this stadium since the Ligue 1 match in January 2010, but it hasn't lost there since February 2007 either. However, that record could pose a risk for PSG, with Nabil Dirar and Bernardo Silva suspended and Joao Moutinho, Adama Traore, Fabio Coentrao and Mario Pasalic injured, according to the Principality team on PSG's official website.
The big news of the week now that Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have seemingly put their differences to rest was the draw for the UEFA Champions League that will see the club from the capital take on Juventus, SL Benfica and Maccabi Haifa in Group H.
"It will be a difficult game," the French strategist said of Sunday's visitors. "Monaco is a good team in Ligue 1, contenders for the title and Champions League places. They are coming off a loss to Lens, but Paris lost at the Stade Louis II last season. We shouldn't just look at the victory in Lille, or even Monaco's performance against Lens: every game is different and it will be a clash between two good teams.
“The schedule is going to be very busy, seven games in 21 days. We will have to be competitive, take care of the body and recover. We are working hard with our performance and medical departments. It is now that the team must prove its worth, with this series of games. We have big games ahead of us in Ligue 1 and the Champions League.
“We are entering a cycle of matches every three days. The objectives are very ambitious, I have a quality squad, everyone must be ready, it is essential that the players come out during the match, to maintain a general level of freshness and clarity throughout the matches. There's an international break afterwards, so there's a bit of a break on the horizon. This rotation process will start on Sunday against Monaco."
It's been a rough start for Monaco with more Champions League frustrations and a slow opening to Ligue 1, but the draw with Crvena Zvezda, Ferencvaros and Trabzonspor in the UEL makes their Group H winnable. Vice-captain Axel Disasi brushed off any fears before heading to Paris confident that he and his teammates can turn things around.
"You don't have to be afraid before the game", said the French defender before the game. “It is true that Paris have started the season well, putting up impressive performances. They play more as a team and the three forwards are doing a lot of defensive work. We will have to be very focused and raise the level on the pitch. there is nothing to fear as we got a result against them last season (3-0 at the Stade Louis-II).
Where? | Parc des Princes Stadium
Transmission? | You can see the duel through the Star+ signal and on ESPN 3.
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