It is Champions League day but PSG, which last week eliminated Barça, is playing this afternoon (17.45 hours) their knockout round of the French Cup. It will not be a formal match, since Lille, leaders of Ligue 1, visit the Parc des Princes to fight a great duel with the Parisian team, second, 3 points, in the table.
The eighth of the Cup will take place on April 6 and 7, dates in which the quarterfinals (first leg) of the Champions League will be played, hence the PSG-Lille ahead of today.
The clash comes under the effects that for Mauricio Pochettino’s team, Sunday’s defeat at home against Nantes (1-2) had. The Argentine attributed it to the robberies, when the game was played, in the homes of Ángel Di María (he found out in the second half and was substituted) and of Marquinhos’ father.
Under the effects of home burglaries
“If that hadn’t happened, in the second half we would have won. We are a united team, the impact has been for the whole group, they have felt it as their own, “said Pochettino yesterday, who advanced that Neymar (down since February 10 due to an adductor injury) will not reappear even despite returning to training. already with the group and could do it on Sunday in the difficult visit to Lyon (3rd in Ligue 1). On the subsequent day, on April 3, PSG will host Lille again.
Pochettino expects to have Kean today (after his Covid-19 positive, Ander Herrera and Florenzi, but Kimpembe, Sarabia and Juan Bernat are also out, who yesterday renewed until 2025 the contract with PSG that expired in June. The Valencian left-back , 28, has not played since September, when he suffered a serious knee injury and was on Barça’s agenda.
PSG: Sergio Rico; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Diallo, Kurzawa; Gueye, Paredes; Rafinha, Verratti, Mbappé; Icardi
Lille: Maignan; Pied, Xeka, Djaló, Bradaric; Luiz Araújo, André, Soumaré, Bamba; Yacizi and Timothy Weah
Referee: Willy Delajod